Published on 18 October 2021
Today I joined with staff at Taronga Zoo to welcome guests back for the first time since the NSW lockdown. Taronga Zoo also opened the gates to a brighter future for our planet by launching an ambitious net-zero target by 2030.
I was delighted to be at the reopening of Taronga Zoo Sydney.
“I know we’ve missed Taronga, and Taronga has missed us, and the team here have done a terrific job keeping the animals entertained in the absence of crowds, but the crowds are going to pour back in.
“Taronga Zoo is the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s tourism industry, and it’s fantastic to see guests and the community able to enjoy this spectacular and special place again.
“Not only do we have a beautiful Sydney summer on the way, the NSW Government has given additional Dine and Discover vouchers to encourage people to get out and about to visit places like Taronga.
“What an exciting day to talk about the net-zero commitment of Taronga. Taronga has always been a leader in conservation, protecting our wildlife, and playing a role in our broader society in ensuring that what we all do as a community is put the environment first.”
Taronga has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 70% through the use of electric vehicles and by reducing emissions associated with its supply chain.
Cameron Kerr AO, Chief Executive of Taronga Conservation Society, Australia, said.
“We are delighted to reopen our gates today and to mark this important day with a commitment to a sustainable future at Taronga.
“Climate change impacts many of Australia’s native species, so it’s important to know that visiting Taronga is not only a good day out for the family – but a good day out for the planet too.”
As well as conservation, Taronga is recognised internationally for its leadership and expertise in sustainability and commitment to tackling climate change. Taronga Zoo has launched its 2021-2025 Sustainability Strategy, which commits to reaching net-zero by 2030 and being powered by 100% renewable energy.
Taronga Zoo is able to continue its renowned conservation work thanks to investment by the NSW Government.
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