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Taronga Blogs

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.
Indigenous Discovery Host Shannon at the Bird Show
Tuesday 9th July 2013
As one of Taronga Zoo’s Indigenous Discovery Hosts, I have been given the amazing privilege of co-presenting a specially written and adapted Taronga Free Flight Bird Show for NAIDOC to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
Friday 5th July 2013
The soulful sounds of a saxophone echoed across the Zoo this morning, when Steve, one of the Elephant Keepers put on a solo performance for Casey our Leopard Seal.
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.
Thursday 4th July 2013
You may have seen the massive tanks that house Taronga’s Platypus at Wild Australia, but you’d never guess what infrastructure lies above it. A network of tunnels and nest boxes make up 20 meters of burrows that the platypus’ call home. This incredible egg laying mammal has different nest boxes for different activities, much the same way that we have a bedroom, kitchen and lounge room. Find out more about their home here.
Giovanni Pilu
Thursday 4th July 2013
From late July Taronga will offer a Piazza inspired by classic Italian cafes. Chef Giovanni Pilu, Head Chef and owner of the award winning two-hatted Pilu at Freshwater, has come to the table to create a menu for Zoo visitors at the free top plaza that combines authentic flavours from Sardinia, Italy, with local harvest. Here you can enjoy home-baked cakes with a Lavazza coffee or the perfect lunch bowl of Sardinian pasta with sausage ragu. Is your mouth watering? Read the full story here.
Enrichment, it's how you can further enrich the lives of your pets at home.
Thursday 4th July 2013
At Taronga there are three main type of enrichment activities we give the animals to keep them happy and active. They are smell and food based activities and what Zoo keepers call ‘mechanical enrichment’ which are items that the animals can play with or pull apart. Variety is the spice of life, and Carnivore Keeper Deb has some great tips to keeps your pets happy and active at home here.
Small-clawed Otter
Thursday 4th July 2013
Taronga’s Small -clawed Otters which live along the Rainforest Trail are always great fun to watch. There never seems to be a quiet moment as they’re in and out of the water. Being incredibly intelligent and social animals the keepers constantly have to comeup with new ideas to keep them active and content. Read this story by Otter Keeper Jordan to learn about the mischievous trio – Houdini, Soa and Bising.
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.
Kibali
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
A year ago Kibali our new adolescent gorilla arrived at Taronga Zoo from France. A year on, Kibali has celebrated another birthday in March turning 12 and keepers are seeing lots of changes in this young male gorilla.