With Christmas and the holiday season just around the corner, Taronga Zoo Sydney has pulled together a few suggestions for a sustainable and environmentally friendly Christmas.
Not quite sure what to buy family or friends, or worried unwanted gifts may end up in land fill? Giving an experience gift is a fantastic way to create special memories while also taking care of our environment.
Taronga Zoo Friends Membership
With 365 days of unlimited entry, discounts around the zoo, priority access and more, a Taronga Zoo Friends Membership is the gift that keeps on giving! A membership provides 12-months of adventure for the whole family leaving plenty of time to make some magical memories. The best bit? As Taronga is a not-for-profit, a membership also helps support Taronga's important conservation and education programs around the globe.
RRP: 1 Adult & 2 children - $99 + joining fee (online)
Get Wild at Wild Ropes
Wild Ropes is the perfect summer experience to share with family or friends. Enjoy the outdoors without leaving Sydney and tackle obstacles, suspension bridges and flying foxes with four high ropes courses to choose from. The adrenaline-fueled Wild Ropes courses are suitable for kids through to adults - just choose your challenge, strap on a helmet and harness, and get ready to climb. Gift vouchers available.
RRP: Adults from $37, Juniors from $32 and Children form $22
Keeper for a Day
If someone you know has always dreamt of working with animals, why not gift them the experience of a lifetimes with Taronga's Keeper for a Day program. Taking guests behind-the-scenes to see a different side to Taronga, participants will shadow a keeper as they go about their daily duties taking care of some of the zoo's best-known animals. Adult experiences are priced at $350 per person and Junior and Cadet Keeper for a Day programs for kids aged 8-11 and 12-17 years old respectively priced at $110 per person. Experiences are available on Wednesday and Saturdays.
RRP: $350 per person
Ultimate Retreat Package at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
For the person who has everything why not give them an experience of a lifetime with an overnight stay at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. The Wildlife Retreat is located just 15 minutes away from the bustle of urban Sydney and gives guests the chance to build everlasting connections with Australia's incredible native wildlife whilst supporting Taronga's global conservation efforts. Prices for the Ultimate Retreat Package start from $646 per twin share and includes a three-course dinner, à-la-carte breakfast, immersive and exclusive Australian animal experiences and two-day complimentary general admission to Taronga Zoo Sydney. Gift certificates are available for purchase online.
RRP: Prices for summer stays start from $597 per twin share
Family Escape Package at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
Give the gift of an adventure to remember with the Family Escape Package at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. Designed as the ultimate family staycation, the package includes an overnight stay in interconnecting rooms, intimate wildlife tours into the zoo (including after dark when the gates are closed), à-la-carte breakfast and two-day zoo access for the family to explore Taronga Zoo Sydney. The package lets families eager for an escape do so in the convenience of their own backyard, while still offering the chance to relax and rewind in a natural setting and support Taronga's important conservation work. Gift certificates are available for purchase online.
RRP: Prices for summer stays start from $759, for two adults and two children
Wake up with the animals at Roar and Snore
With arguably one the best views of Sydney Harbour and soundscape to match – we're talking tiger calls to bird song - a stay at Roar and Snore is an unforgettable night safari experience. The perfect gift for family and friends, a stay at Roar and Snore includes intimate animal encounters, fascinating keeper talks, delicious food and safari-style accommodation at its harbour-side campsite. And fancy waking up with the animals on Christmas morning? Roar and Snore will be open on Christmas Eve for a wild Christmas you will never forget! Gift certificates are available for purchase online.
RRP: Prices for summer stays start from $771 per twin share
Zoo Parent- Adopt an animal
Give the ultimate gift this Christmas and help save endangered species, such as Sumatran Tiger, Asian Elephant and Tasmanian Devil. Your adoption will fund Taronga's work with research and education programs, focusing on endangered species in Australia and around the world, as well as assist with the conservation, breeding and preservation of wild animals and their habitats. All adoption packages include a welcome letter, personalised adoption certificate, animal fact sheet and BONUS holiday card.
RRP: E-adoptions start from $48
Beads for Wildlife
Fill your stockings with unique beadwork or even decorate your Christmas tree! Every purchase provides a woman in Northern Kenya with a reliable income and benefits the incredible wildlife of northern Kenya.
Christmas Tree Decoration- RRP $9.95
White Rhino Key ring- RRP $8.95
Colourful Key ring- RRP $8.95
Colourful dangly earrings- RRP $14.95
Colourful Necklace- RRP $22.95
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