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Taronga Zoo Blog

Monday 10th May 2010
Today we had a very sad reminder of just how vulnerable our precious native wildlife is. A male Common Wombat was bought to Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital late yesetrday after being hit by a car.
Friday 7th May 2010
This morning our local volunteers came out to help and then we opened the tent zippers on two tents.One group of Regents flew out in about five minutes and the second group left gradually, with the last two birds really taking their time and flying off after about two hours.
Friday 7th May 2010
Not many people realise what it takes to make sure all of the animals at Taronga Zoo are fed the appropriate diet. With many species, this needs to include live vertebrates, or insects. That doesn’t mean a fly here and there or a cricket or two. We are talking in the tens of thousands and tens of kilos.
Thursday 6th May 2010
It was a sad day for primate keepers when our eldest juvenile female gorilla, Mbeli, departed for Melbourne Zoo last Tuesday.Our keepers have been working very closely with her over the past few months training her for this big day. Mbeli came to be understand basic cues like target, stay and hold. This enabled our keepers to move her calmly away from the gorilla group leading to a perfect separation when all was ready for her to go to Melbourne.
Thursday 6th May 2010
The first group of Regent Honeyeaters arrived in their transport boxes on a Qantas flight at Albury airport yesterday morning. They then made the journey with keepers to the Chiltern release site.
Tuesday 4th May 2010
We arrived in Chiltern late yesterday and have spent today setting up the temporary housing for the Regents. This involved putting up the tents, putting tarps over the tents and constructing branches for perching inside the tents. It is essential that everything is securely in place, as we have heard we might have gale force winds coming our way!!
Monday 3rd May 2010
Youngest calf Pathi Harn spent the time after his bath today making sure that he added a nice dusting of dirt over all that clean skin. This is something all elephants do and often thought to add a nice protective barrier against sun and insects for the rest of the day.
Friday 30th April 2010
The Regents are all getting on well and are eating from native flowers just as they should be!
Friday 30th April 2010
As the rain fell this morning over Taronga, our female elephant herd chose to take to their moats and waterfalls.
Tuesday 27th April 2010
World Tapir Day is a great time to see one of the world's most elusive creatures.Ordinarily they're really hard to see in the wild but here in the Zoo they're actually one of the animals that enjoys interactions with keepers the most.