Taronga Zoo: Boral Youth at the Zoo (YATZ)
Boral Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) which began in 2001 is Taronga Zoo’s youth volunteer program based at Taronga Zoo, Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo. There are currently 330 members in the program aged 13 to 19 years.
YATZ members attend educational workshops and training sessions, enhancing their knowledge and skills in Taronga Zoo’s conservation campaigns and how to educate zoo visitors about them in interactive ways, skills in customer service, training in animal husbandry and skills in giving informal and formal animal presentations.
To date, feedback data consistently shows that the YATZ program is extremely successful in engaging youth in conservation and helping to create young citizens who care about the environment.