Hayden Turner


Hayden Turner, a former zookeeper and an experienced National Geographic TV presenter, has reported from some of the wildest and most scenic places on earth. His love of wildlife runs deep and his ties to Taronga extend back nearly 30 years, when he first began work as a zoo keeper.

Hayden left Sydney to become a safari guide and TV presenter in Africa, returning to Taronga in 2016. Today, he is Taronga Zoo Sydney’s Manager of Guest Experience, People and Programs, a role that allows him to do what he loves most – connecting people to wildlife. “The most effective approach to conservation is through education, technology and inspiring people to care for the planet,” he says. “Taronga’s role in conservation is to create direct and positive connections between wildlife and people. Through our efforts we protect endangered species, increase understanding of wildlife around the world and inspire community action.”