In 1916 and following 60 years of deliberation, frequent acrimonious debate and occupying diverse locations embracing the Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Moore Park and Billy Goat Swamp, Sydney’s zoo found itself settling on the southern slopes and shores of historic Bradleys Head. The zoo’s subsequent 100 year journey, and one not without its challenges, saw the creation and development of a nationally and globally renowned conservation enterprise and one arguably occupying the planet’s most striking and breathtaking zoological locations.
During his 25 year association with Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Guy Cooper fielded a range of responsibilities. Linked initially to a major sponsorship and later Board member and Deputy Chairman, he chaired the Finance and Marketing Committees prior to occupying the role of Director and Chief Executive from 1998 to 2009. His connection continues in the role of an Executive Patron of the Taronga Foundation. Guy will touch on both chronicled and unrecorded episodes of the Taronga journey.