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Taronga Western Plains Zoo Blog

Wild! Rhinos Student Ambassador, Hamish Wood
Friday 26th July 2013
Schools have a unique opportunity to decorate a baby Black Rhino sculpture as part of the Zoos’ Wild! Rhinos conservation art project.
Giraffe calves, Khwezi and Mazi
Tuesday 16th July 2013
Our two Giraffe calves are the continuing to flourish and really finding their feet as part of the herd.
Lima the Siamang Ape grows in independence
Tuesday 16th July 2013
At just over one year old, Lima the Siamang Ape is becoming quite independent for his age.
Behind the scenes at Black Rhino
Thursday 11th July 2013
Come behind the scenes at Black Rhino and learn about the what the Zoo's keepers and veterinary team are doing to help this species.
Wildlife Hospital assist Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Wednesday 10th July 2013
Over the past four months Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital has seen a number of injured birds relating to gunshot wounds.
Koala joey emerges at Dubbo
Friday 5th July 2013
Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo have recently observed a male koala joey fully emerging from mum Lilli Pilli's pouch.
Fanana the Giraffe heads to NZ
Wednesday 3rd July 2013
On a foggy morning in Dubbo, staff from Taronga Western Plains Zoo arrived early to prepare to load nine month old Giraffe, Fanana on a truck ready for the start of his journey to New Zealand.
Male Giraffe calf
Friday 28th June 2013
Keepers have been kept busy lately with lots of new arrivals and on Wednesday 19 June another baby was welcomed at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, when a male Giraffe calf was born.
White Rhino calf, Macheo
Wednesday 26th June 2013
The Zoo’s White Rhino calf which was born on 14 May 2013 has been named Macheo, meaning 'sunrise' in Swahili.
Dr Bryant performing a procedure in Sumatra
Wednesday 19th June 2013
Over the past six years I have been involved in the conservation efforts in Sumatra to help save the Sumatran Rhino species from extinction.