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Zoos South Australia is the first zoo in the world to be an accredited Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Centre.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering young people to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance.

As a non-formal education framework, the Award can play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.

The Award is transforming individuals, communities and societies around the world. We have developed nine impact measures to quantify and explain the relationship between short term personal outcomes in young people and the longer term social impact of the Award. It is likely to take many years for the results of the impact measures to become evident, therefore we have also established a set of ten outcome measures that can be observed in the short-term. We are currently measuring these outcomes in young people doing the Award and will report on them shortly.

The Zoos SA program is open to adventurers aged 16-20, and will run as a course parallel to the school year, February to November with classes at both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.

The program will involve participants developing skills to support the Adventurous Journey section of the Award as well as the Leadership component. In addition to this, all participants will complete the Service section of the Award with monthly activities at Monarto Safari Park.
See ‘Dates and locations for more details’.

In 2022, we are proud to offer a significant number of subsidised places for participants from disadvantaged background thanks to our new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

How is an Award Achieved?

To achieve an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer at Monarto Safari Park and experience a team adventure in a new environment. In each of these elements participants are working towards a self-determined personal goal.

All Participants are supported by a network of educators qualified in areas across outdoor and academic education fields.

The key elements of our program are:

  • Open to all young people aged 16 to 20 (note, participants can begin the course at age 15 if they are turning 16 by 30th June 2022).
  • Participants from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply as fees can be subsidised.
  • First zoo in the world to offer this prestigious program with unique access to opportunities and experiences.
  • Zoos SA is committed to providing an accessible environment for all, the course will be tailored to individual participants needs; including physical accessibility and differentiated learning strategies.
  • Experience working within a conservation organisation and assisting with projects on our two sites.
  • Currently available for the Bronze level.
  • Four Areas of study: Physical RecreationSkillsVoluntary ServiceAdventurous Journey
  • Achieving the Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.

What impact does the Award have on a young person?

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, our Participants:

  • Gain social connections
  • Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best
  • Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices
  • Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community
  • Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement
  • Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success
  • Learn important life skills
  • Increase their career opportunities.

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Register your interest today!

If you are interested in the Duke at the Zoo program in 2022, please fill out the Expression of Interest form below and we will be in contact with you later in the year.

A free information night is scheduled for Tuesday 2 November at Adelaide Zoo from 6pm to 7pm at Santos Conservation Centre.

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More information

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program will continue in 2022 with key dates:

Registration period: October – November 2021

Program period: February – November 2022


The program will involve weekly classes at Adelaide Zoo and monthly Saturdays at Monarto Safari Park.

During the course, there will be opportunities for participants to take part in overnight hikes or other multi-day experiences.


We are still accepting submissions, please fill out the expression of interest form and our Education Team will be in contact.

The program participants select goals that are directed to their passions, skills and goals. With the help of our fully trained and qualified team of educators, they will learn, explore and achieve.

Being the first Zoo in the world to be accredited to offer the program, the Zoos SA offering is unique and exciting.

The Award has four sections, of which participants must complete three;

Broaden abilities and unleash talents
Examples include; photography, videography, plant identification, animal anatomy, walking trail interpretation, bush cooking.


Voluntary Service
Connect with the community and provide service to others 
Examples include; tree planting, biodiversity surveys, care for animal exhibits, trail maintenance.


Physical Recreation 
Improving physical fitness and wellbeing by getting active
Note, this is tailored to students abilities and can be adapted for accessibility, this section occurs outside of scheduled weekly session times.
This may include; team or individual pursuits to work up a sweat from yoga to swimming, ball sports to rock climbing.


Adventurous Journey
Team building inspired through adventure and discovery journeying in unfamiliar and challenging environment
Includes: Preparation & Training; at least one practice overnight hike on Monarto trails and a qualifying overnight hike on a section of the Heysen Trail or similar

To register your interest please fill out the above form and a member the Zoos SA Education Team will be in contact.

Alternatively you can reach out via email on or call 08 8230 1258 during business hours.

The Zoos SA Duke of Edinburgh International Award program is open to all young people aged 16-20 with subsidised pricing available for disadvantaged students.

Subsidised: $40 including Zoos SA Membership

Standard: $320 excluding Zoos SA Membership

Find out more information about the benefits of Zoos SA Membership

To discuss the criteria for subsidised places, please contact us on This program is inclusive and accessible and can be tailored to individual students needs, goals and motivations.

Payment is due before the commencement of the course.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program will continue in 2022 with key dates:

Registration period: October – November 2021

Program period: February – November 2022


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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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