Taronga’s Red Pandas are quite a sight: with thick russet fur, striped bushy tails, pointed noses and soft white ears, they are highly unusual creatures! Native to Nepal, China, India and Bhutan, Red Pandas are often found at high altitudes, inhabiting dense bamboo forests in these regions. This vulnerable species is difficult to spot in the wild, so Taronga is fortunate to have two of these beautiful creatures living in their bushy exhibit, next to the Great Southern Oceans precinct.
When you think of seals, do you think of big animals casually lounging on rocks in the sun, not moving an inch except for the occasional jaw-cracking yawn?
Well, once you’ve visited Taronga’s Ausgrid Seal Show, you will think otherwise.
Environmental enrichment plays a crucial role in the day to day activities of our animals and on the primate division keepers are always trying to come up with new challenges for the animals they care for. Last week we had a helping hand from Abbotsford Long Day Care Centre children who donated some of their old playground toys to the gorilla group.
Mary the Malayan Sun Bear has made the move to Taronga Zoo, and is settling into new surroundings! The boisterous two and a half year old is now on display, and can be seen exploring her new territory as she gets acquainted with Taronga’s male Sun Bear, Mr Hobbs.