Launching our campaign

Our campaign kicked off with a wonderful start, with the first day on the 28th of October resulting in 145 flags sold! The MATZ worked this day, having a great time spreading the message of Tisamale too to anyone interested!…

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Flags that will change lives

A 9am start and a 12 pm finish. 3 hours was all it took, 3 hours of Zambian fun, self made presentations flag preparation and of course snacks throughout. The YATZ have been, and will continue to be an invaluable…

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Flying flags that connect continents

 These beautifully patterned and coloured chitenge flags, have been handmade by a local tailor in Mfuwe, named Esnart, supporting fair trade and the surrounding community. To celebrate the union of young global conservationists and Tisamale Part one, MATZ, Conservation…

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Ripples from Zambia

Zambia provided experiences which I could only have dreamed of before this exchange. From tracking lions to dancing with local Zambians in parades, every day was something different. However, there was one day that I will never forget. Just as…

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Ambassador September Report #2

Being part of the Ambassador program is one of the best experiences in my life because not every 15, 16 or 17-year old gets to volunteer in a well know zoo and work right along side the professionals who guide us…

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Ambassador September Report

I arrived at the zoo nice and early, and the sun was actually shining which contrasted to the rest of my wintry shifts. Always a highlight of mine is working at animal encounters and see the delight and fear of…

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Inside the world of Cheetah

Scrambling off the bus, YATZ eagerly awaited their upcoming task. Greeting them were the soft canary calls of the fastest land predator on earth, echoing out across the Australian ‘savannah’. Marching forwards we distributed amongst ourselves buckets, rakes and gloves….

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Fencing in Wild Africa

It was time for our first big hands on job for the weekend. We split into two groups and loaded onto the buses, one bus stopped at the edge of Wild Africa while the other one continued on. Our bus…

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Night magic

As I stepped off the bus my heart pounded with excitement and a touch of fear. The moon glowed brightly down upon everyone who looked up at it. With every intake of cool fresh air, my fears faded away. There…

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Story telling about Zambia

After a 48 day hiatus, the YATZ and MATZ were reunited to hear the wonderful and fascinating stories that the MATZ were to share about their inspirational African journey. Aided by a masterfully designed presentation with lots of exciting photographs…

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Ambassador August Report

Ambassador to me is so great! Most Saturdays I come in and also for most of the holidays, you will find me here. For me, the zoo is a safe place. I love seeing children laugh and families creating memories….

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Pen Pals in Zambia

Before our dedicated MATZ embarked on their journey to Zambia, the YATZ took to writing letters for the members of the conservation club. We each took a clipboard with a name on it and started writing. I loved seeing everyone…

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MATZ return from Zambia

Back with inspired, grown, lessons learnt, resilience built and totally culturally immersed young people filled with authentic stories, the MATZ have returned from 3 weeks in Zambia having made an enormous impact that is still rippling through the village of Mfuwe in…

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Ambassador July Report

I had an incredible time in my first Ambassador shift, where I was thrown in to awesome hands on work in the Nursery. The first task we tackled was cleaning out the goat’s behind the scene rest area, which involved…

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Returning Home DAY 23

The day we left was filled with so many emotions, it was hard to say whether I was happy or sad. I was keen to get home and see my family, but it meant saying goodbye to an amazing group…

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Hey, that’s not your meal! Day 18

The Zambian Carnivore Project (ZCP) is an amazing organization that researches carnivorous species within Zambia – observing their social structures, interactions and abundance. We had an amazing opportunity to go on a field trip with ZCP, specifically to conduct lion…

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Conservation Education out in the Community DAY 15

https://www.facebook.com/celia.peters.90/videos/2097258280537249/ Each MATZ had two opportunities to spend a day with one of the Chipembele Community Conservation Educators, to experience what a day in their life was like. We would go out to a local village in the Mfuwe area,…

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The colours of Zambia EVERYDAY

Driving down the main street everyday, I admired the colourful ‘chitenge’ fabrics that the women wore. They were all bright and unique, and made the dusty roadsides so vibrant. The fabric was so normal to the Zambians, but so exciting…

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Zambian Village life Day 4

It was officially our fourth day in Zambia and MATZ was heading back to high school to experience “A Day in the Life” of a Zambian Student. School starts bright and early at 7am and finishes at 1.20pm with a…

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Hosted in a Mfuwe High School DAY 4

It was officially our fourth day in Zambia and MATZ was heading back to high school to experience “A Day in the Life” of a Zambian Student.  School starts bright and early at 7am and finishes at 1.20pm with a…

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Hosted in a Mfuwe Village DAY 4

I had the opportunity to visit Brian Banda’s school and family. After attending school with him and participating in lessons I walked with Brian, back to his house and meet his family.  His mother was a lovely person, and she…

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Eating like a Zambian DAY 3

A huge part of Zambian culture that was so different to Australian was the staple food – Nshima. Made of ground maize called mielie meal, it is mixed with water over coals and served piping hot alongside “relishes” made of…

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How Zambia welcomes you EVERYDAY

I have been lucky to travel to a few different countries in my life, but never to Zambia or any country in Africa for that matter. Before arriving I had no idea what to expect, but was so excited to…

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Arriving in Mfuwe DAY 1

As we walked the tarmac from our last plane to the airport, each of us buzzing with equal part excitement and nervousness, we entered the airport and were somewhat dumbfounded as the huge group of people we were told would…

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Gifts from YATZ for Zambia

Hands were coloured, socks were dyed, letters were written – Team YATZ were participating in as much of Tisamale Part 1 as they could by preparing hand made gifts for the MATZ to hand deliver to the Zambian students. Great…

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Ambassador June Report

Waking up early, a rush of excitement washes over me because it’s the day. It’s the day I will yet again walk up the paths of greenery and take the quiet bus of the morning. The fresh cool and thin…

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Careers Insights

On the 26th of May our YATZ group had a careers workshop during which we a few guests spoke to us about their jobs in conservation. These are some who’s jobs really opened my eyes when it comes to the…

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Ambassador MAY Report

I’d like to take this time to thank you again for the given opportunity of being a part of the Ambassador Training Program because every time I’m at the zoo working I feel the happiest and most passionately driven to…

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The dream career paths ahead

What an amazing inspiring career path we were privileged to gain insight into on our Careers Day. Thank you to internal and external panel of experts in the field of conservation who volunteered their time to make a difference and inspire our…

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Joey Spam

MORE JOEY SPAM Recently, my favourite part of my ambassador shifts have been working with the two joeys located in the Children’s Zoo. Winnie is an 18 month old joey and  looks huge against Scarlet who is still very young and dependant on  the…

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I’m nearly there…

Wow, I’ve almost completed ambassador training in the Envirodome, and it already feels amazing. This means I have completed each of the required tasks four times and I now understand the purpose and steps to complete each task. My Working…

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From a MATZ point of view

The most rewarding part of being one of the Mentors at the Zoo is being able to meet all of the Youth at the Zoo members, and seeing how well they interact with both each other and the program. As…

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Belair National Park Adventures

During our Belair National Park Day, two of our fellow YATZ where chosen to lead two groups on a hike. My team leader was Cam. During our hike, we had a challenge, which was set by Emma to see how many…

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The storytelling process

Just a lil somethin somethin about the prep we have been doing for our MATZ presentations in front of the Monarto volunteers on Saturday. A late night or two, a tonne of photos for an epic powerpoint, plenty of ideas and bunch…

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MATZ Intensives

Over the period of two intensive overnights; MATZ have been busy planning and preparing for our life changing adventure to Zambia. Our overnight spent at Monarto Zoo, on the 24th to 25th of March, consisted of MATZ getting an in-depth…

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Ambassador April Report

Quokkas have always been my favourite native Australian animal, and with the Ambassador program, I get to hang out with these gorgeous creatures every time I volunteer at the zoo. During my shift on the 20th, Lucas and I were…

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WOW the CFS

Our last YATZ workshop was based in Belair National Park, and after a few games, we had the CFS come and tell us about what they do. We learnt about the truck that carried 3000 litres of water, which would only last for…

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Australia Bound!

A note from Anna Tolan, Director of Chipembele…. It has been a gruelling three months for our Saturday Conservation Club students undertaking the “Australia Challenge” to earn one of 14 coveted spots on the upcoming Tisamale Global Exchange! During Term…

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The final 14 revealed

Chipembele’s own Cinematographer Samson Moyo has created this video about our Conservation Education Exchange program between two countries, Zambia and Australia. This program is a conservation partnership between Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust and Zoos South Australia. MATZ head over in just…

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Camp reflections

Boy oh boy! What an incredible couple of days we have had as a family! After doing my own personal reflection on the last couple of days, I came to the conclusion that this camp has been my favourite by…

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REAL beach impact at Innes

After an exhausting morning of walking after we popped a bus tyre, the group dug deep to head out to the beaches and keep making a difference. Our beach walks were both to enjoy leisure time as well as completing…

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Fencing removal to save animals

It was the second day at the gorgeous Innes National Park, early start but calm and relaxing morning. After breakfast, I was in the group that went with Mark (the Park Ranger) to remove old rusty fencing to stop the animals from…

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What makes us cheer!

On the 15th of April, the YATZ crew woke up nice and early on day 2 of our Innes National Park camp. After having breakfast, we were split into two groups. One of these groups loaded onto the bus to go…

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Time to go…..Polygala!

We all gathered around to learn from the Park Ranger at Innes National Park the difference between two plants – one a coastal native, the other and the quick-growing, and recasting weed; Polygala. Our job was simple: find and identify the weed and…

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In the beauty of the night

Jackets on and flashlights in hand, the group quietly made their way into the mystery of the cool night. It was dark and unknown but bravery and the support of the group was acquired to be able to lead. The…

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Introducing Tisamale

In just over two months, our seven MATZ (Mentors at the Zoo) will head off for a real, immersive conservation experience in Zambia with one of our Conservation Partnerships – Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust. These seven conservation uni and honours students are part of a two-year…

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Ambassador March Report

It always brightens my day when I cometo the zoo and see all the beautiful animals. This one special day I was doing an Ambassador shift and I was lucky enough to go into the penguin’s enclosure and help clean…

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Value adding to present like a pro

Over the last couple of months MATZ have had the opportunity to work closely alongside Matthew, a TEDX Adelaide Volunteer to build upon our public speaking/ presenting skills. Over three sessions we learnt about our individual strengths and weakness when…

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Having pride in our work!

For workshop 2 on the 18th March, we gathered at Adelaide Zoo, loaded on two buses and headed to Monarto. Our first task was to move logs to make a neat pile we were proud of. It included sorting good from bad…

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Stone wall success

We were then shown the last of the hands on activities for the day, through which we were able to continue building on our knowledge of teamwork, decision making and awareness of the others in the group. We were all…

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Modelling Soft Plastic

During our first workshop at Adelaide Zoo, our final activity for the day was the ‘Soft Plastics Fashion Show’. As all the YATZ members split off into four groups, the task of this activity was to create a beautiful item…

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Sharing the personal side

On our Team Building Workshop day on 18th February, the YATZ crew met for the first time we had all caught up since our induction camp and it was good to see everyone again. We did a lot of group activities…

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Workshop ‘Team building’

The YATZ members gathered together for their first workshop at Adelaide Zoo, slowly arriving at gate 3 in the beautiful weather. The Gibbons of Adelaide zoo calling out to each other and Banks the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo adding to the chorus…

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February Report

As of 2018, the YATZ Ambassador program now runs all week 9:30am to 12pm. For people who do not know what the Ambassador Program is, it is a program that runs similar to work experience, but it is exclusive to…

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GPS and Baiting in Innes

On our three-day resilience camp, the MATZ worked with Jasmine , a ranger who works in Natural Resources for the Northern and Yorke Region. Jaz’s knowledge of the ins and outs of Innes was astounding, and it was clear that…

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Beach clean-up at Innes

As part of the recent MATZ Resilience training camp, us Mentors undertook the park rangers’ duties along the beaches of Innes National Park. These duties were – fox baiting, Hooded Plover surveying, and clearing the beaches of litter. Although the…

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Spotlighting Innes by Night

It was the first day of our MATZ resilience camp at Innes National Park, and after a long day of travelling we were all eager to get out into the field. The task at hand was to go out into…

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Inside TEAM MATZ

It’s amazing how trusting people can be when they’re suspended 15 metres above the ground and just a little bit stuck. Along with that, the 2 years of workmen together prior may have played a part. Two years ago, the…

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Sleeping under Immersion

After a very fun filled first day of camp, the MATZ crew gathered up their sleeping belongings and headed over to Immersion to swag out next to the Sumatran Tiger and Orangutan. To our fortune, we had the gorgeous Sumatran…

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MATZ MEGA Team Building

On the 31st of January the mentor team visited the ‘Mega Adventure Park’, located at West Beach, and tackled the epic team work challenge. This involved introductory mini games to promote and develop our team work skills, climbing the high…

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Monarto Magic at Night

After a couple of busy days out working hard for conservation and making new friendships, the 2018 YATZ were able to find their calm and reflect on their new/pre-existing connections to nature by venturing on a night walk and by…

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Induction Camp

The YATZ Induction camp overall was amazing. Meeting new people and everyone being so friendly, it was easy to just join in whatever they were doing/talking about. The top stand out, out of all the camp was the team work…

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Porcupine night watch

Porcupine night watch

After a long day of hard work and amazing memories made, many of our YATZ group settled in for the night or stayed up chatting. Some of us, though, had a special job: in groups of three, we signed up…

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How to make a difference

Just like the different species that create balance and helps its surroundings thrive; together, each of our own individual difference make our world just a bit better. Behind the Scenes in the Natives Department we were in different groups and worked…

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Introducing YATZ and MATZ of 2018

Introducing our 40 YATZ (Youth at the Zoo) and our 7 MATZ (Mentors of the Zoo) of 2018 If you see them around across both sites, say hi, introduce yourselves. These youth are an amazing lot who represent a whole…

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The Impact of YATZ 2017

Over the year of 2017, 37 valued Members of Zoos SA’s YATZ program have dedicated a minimum of 100 hours of conservation investment to their growth as a leader in conservation and as an active global citizen in the community….

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