Boral's partnership provides support for conservation and education programs for young people, through our sponsorship of Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) program – a volunteer program for teenagers aged 13 to 19. YATZ members take part in a broad range of activities both inside and outside the zoo, mainly during weekends and school holidays.
They work closely with experienced keepers, cleaning exhibits and helping to feed the animals, and can also take part in theme days which often involve experiences such as animal handling and training, conservation programs, environmental awareness and presentation skills. YATZ volunteers organise and host the annual Boral YATZ Eco Fair held at Taronga Zoo, which showcases conservation and environmental workshops, information stalls and animal encounters in the Backyard to Bush exhibit.
Boral has also contributed building and construction materials, including aggregates, concrete, timber, plasterboard and paving, to the zoo’s major redevelopment program in the early 2000s.