Zoofari Objectives


At Taronga, we believe that wildlife and people can
share this planet. 

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.

Last year, The Zoofari Gala raised over $470,000 for Taronga’s conservation and science 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.

Event Sponsorship

By becoming a Zoofari Gala 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 | Gold Sponsor
- Silver Sponsor
- Bronze Sponsor.

Prize Donors

Other opportunities to be involved with Zoofari include prize donations for our important event fundraising initiatives, such as the 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 feature your logo on our silent and or live auction platforms and can provide a tax deductible receipt.

For more information, please contact:

Brooke Taylor | Taronga Fundraising Events 

T: (02) 9978 6668

E: events@zoo.nsw.gov.au


Zoofari Gala
Committee 2019

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Amelia Johnson, Anna Usher, Anthony Whitehouse, Debbie Coffey, Dominique Hind,

 Liesel Petersen, Michelle Walsh, Priscilla Schonell (Chair), Prue Hawley,

Sonia Karoll (Treasurer), Stefan Schonell, Stephanie Fisher, Rita Chowdhury, Tash Sefton

The Committee Members


For more information, please contact:

Priscilla Schonell | Zoofari Chair

E: zoofarichair@gmail.com

Brooke Taylor | Taronga Fundraising Events 

T: (02) 9978 6668

E: events@zoo.nsw.gov.au

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