Perth Zoo launches Aboriginal trainee program

07 February 2023

Perth Zoo has launched a new collaborative workplace program with students from Clontarf Aboriginal College.

The program will see eight students work alongside zoo experts towards a Certificate II qualification in Conservation and Ecosystems Management.  


The teenagers will assist animal carers, education officers and horticulturists in Perth Zoo's living classroom. Each student will be assigned a 'zoo coach' who will support their learning journey.


It's hoped the program will help Aboriginal youth enhance their future employment prospects.


The program is being delivered through an innovative partnership between Perth Zoo, Clontarf Aboriginal College and The Shoreline Foundation Ltd.


Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:


"This is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal students to gain valuable skills in Perth Zoo's living classroom.


"This is a two-way learning street, not only for the students but staff at Perth Zoo. It provides an incredible opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture and connection to Country.


"Perth Zoo proudly sits on Whadjuk Noongar land and this important program will encourage further cultural understanding. I look forward to seeing the students in action and watching their learning journey unfold."


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