Zoofari Objectives


At Taronga, we believe in a thriving future for wildlife and people.

Together we have a responsibility to protect the world’s wildlife, not just for today, but our future generations.

Taronga’s zoos in Sydney and Dubbo aim to create experiences that delight and inspire lasting connections between people and wildlife. We are a not-for-profit, centre of conservation excellence and we participate in regional and global conservation breeding programs to establish insurance populations of species threatened in the wild.

We help to protect threatened and priority wildlife by supporting 44 research and conservation projects across Australia, and a further 25 programs around the globe.


From tiny Corroborree Frogs to Australasia’s first Greater One-horned Rhino calf, our efforts have kept and will keep these species alive for generations to come. 

Help us realise our vision of a shared future for wildlife and people.


What is Zoofari?

The Zoofari Gala is the Taronga Foundation’s major annual Fundraising Gala event and is fast achieving recognition as one of Sydney’s most sought-after charity events. Every year The Zoofari Gala raises vital funds and awareness for priority conservation programs and improving Taronga’s facilities here in Sydney and at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in a fun, glamorous and intimate environment.

From the moment guests arrive they are taken on a journey to inspire and engage them with Taronga’s vision. Guest are treated to unique animal encounters whilst enjoying cocktails and canapés. This is followed by a delicious sit-down dinner, and live and silent auctions. It really is the perfect occasion to enjoy with your colleagues and friends, all whilst supporting and raising vital funds for wildlife and conservation.

Over the past two years, Zoofari has raised $920,000 for Taronga’s critical conservation programs through the generosity of our sponsors, donors and guests who attended. 

Our attendees include high net worth individuals and professionals, well-connected socialites, business leaders, philanthropists and influencers who are highly engaged in Taronga and our mission.


Zoofari 2020

Event Sponsorship

Prize Donors

Register your interest

Friday, 20th November 2020. Mark your diaries.
Our animals need you.

As a not-for-profit organisation, Taronga relies on the generous support of the community to keep our world famous programs leading the way in zoo based conservation. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Taronga Foundation. 20 years of bringing species back from the brink of extinction and supporting conservation outcomes here in Australia and throughout the world.

Zoofari 2020 will be held on Friday, 20th November 2020. It will look different and you won't want to miss it!  

This fun, glamourous fundraising gala event will focus on our conservation programs, highlighting some of the amazing succsess stories and upcoming commitments.

Mark this special date in your diary as something to look forward to as we move from isolation to celebration for Taronga's animals and conservation programs.

To register your interest, email your details to: events@zoo.nsw.gov.au

By becoming a Zoofari event sponsor your brand will be aligned with Taronga Zoo, an iconic landmark with a special place in Sydney’s history. 

Your sponsorship will enable Taronga to continue its lifesaving contributions to wildlife conservation. 

As a Zoofari Gala event sponsor you will not only be promoted to our guests on the evening but also through a wider digital and business network, a database of over 500,000. We would happily work with you to tailor a package that would meet your organisational objectives.

Sponsorship opportunities include:

- Naming Rights Partner
- Presenting Partner 
- Tiered sponsorship opportunities depending on your organisational objectives 

Other opportunities to be involved with Zoofari include prize donations for our important event fundraising initiatives, such as the lucky key draw, raffle, silent and or live auction. 

We really value your support, by donating a prize you will help us raise more funds to enable more conservation outcomes. 

In return for your generous donation we will provide a suite of benefits to meet your needs, which may include branding and exposure across all event fundraising collateral, product promotion at the event and some unique entertaining benefits for your networks and colleagues.

For more information, please contact:

Brooke Taylor | Taronga Fundraising Events Manager

T: (02) 9978 6668

E: brooket@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Zoofari 2020 will be held on Friday, 20th November, within the heart of Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Register your interest below, and you will be the first to know about the event, and when tickets go on sale.

To register  your interest, please send your details to:


Committee 2019

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Anthony Whitehouse and Prue Hawley (co-chairs), Deb Coffey, 

 Liesel Petersen, Sonia Karoll, Stephanie Fisher, Tash Sefton, Fiona Tuck, Kate Champion

2020 Committee Members


For more information, please contact:

Anthony Whitehouse and Prue Hawley 

Zoofari Co-chairs

E: zoofariaw@zoo.nsw.gov.au

E: zoofariph@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Brooke Taylor

Taronga Fundraising Events Manager

T: (02) 9978 6668

E: brooket@zoo.nsw.gov.au

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