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Taronga Zoo Blog

Friday 18th December 2009
All I can hear as I type this is ‘cheep, cheep, cheep’, because … we have some new chicks. We have four and they are Red Jungle Fowl. It is from this species that many common chickens are descended. They are the original recipe! They are so tiny, very fluffy and extremely cute and only weighed 30 grams when they arrived. 30 grams!
Tuesday 15th December 2009
Ripley the Barking Owl is now 12 weeks old and has already started free fly training for the QBE Free Flight Bird Show. Watch the video diary and see her in action.
Wednesday 9th December 2009
Taronga Zoo’s second youngest gorilla, Fuzu, celebrated his 2nd birthday on December 8 and for a special treat the group was given iceblocks.
Wednesday 9th December 2009
We’ve been taking Clarkie, one of the newest members of Bird Show, off site for some training.
Monday 7th December 2009
It has been an interesting few weeks in the Orang-utan house since the Chimps moved in.
Friday 4th December 2009
Khan, our Peregrine Falcon, took free-flying to t a new level last Monday. We went off-site to fly him down at Balmoral Oval at 10 am and recovered him later that day at 3:50 pm, just in time to knock-off work. After a day off to recuperate, we jumped straight back into routine this morning, with very interesting results.
Tuesday 1st December 2009
We've been talking about how chimps are intelligent problem solvers.
Tuesday 1st December 2009
Luk Chai’s father Gung loves to play with a hanging tyre. Gung tests out his balance regularly by poking his back leg in the middle of a suspended tyre and balancing on his other three legs.
Monday 30th November 2009
Orang-utans are solitary by nature and especially adult males often prefer to live alone. However, sometimes they enjoy a bit of company too.
Friday 27th November 2009
Luk Chai’s now over five months old and he’s beginning to learn some elephant manners. We’re starting to teach him some basic words and now that he’s beginning to get a little more interested in the adults' food, he's more inclined to listen to what us keeper have to say.