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Taronga Blogs

Friday 28th June 2013
When you think large raptors visions of prehistoric beasts from the pages of ‘Jurassic Park’ may come to mind, however raptors also refers to a specialised group of birds, named for their powerful gripping feet. The largest of those found in Australia is the Wedge-tailed eagle, sporting an incredible wingspan of 2.2m tip to tip. If you’ve not seen one, you are missing out, but luckily to witness these birds in flight you won’t need to travel back 65 million years, you can visit us down at the Bird Show and meet our newest addition, a 12-month old male Wedge-tail.
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.
Monday 17th June 2013
Turning one is a big milestone for a baby and Lima the Siamang Ape baby has reached it this month.
Friday 14th June 2013
There was a buzz in the air as our guests arrived, cameras clicking and smiles all round. With the spectacular view of Sydney Harbour in the background, this was clearly going to be an exciting event as the finalists for Tourism Australia’s The Best Jobs in the World competition joined keepers in the Bird Show amphitheatre. To greet them, there was myself and some other members of the Taronga team, including a Diamond Python, Short-beaked Echidna, White-tailed Cockatoo and my counterpart “Nangaw”, the Powerful Owl.
Thursday 13th June 2013
Taronga Zoo is home to six Australian File Snakes. You may have walked past them in Reptile World but may have not stopped to appreciate how amazing they are. They live in fresh water and their rough scales help them hold fast on to fish that become a meal. Even more fascinating is that they can devour a whole fish in 15 seconds! See the video of them during mealtime here.
Angophora leaves and Rengent Honeyeater
Thursday 13th June 2013
Taronga Zoo celebrates NAIDOC week for three weeks every year, providing an opportunity for visitors to discover more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture and their connections to animals.
Thursday 13th June 2013
Every day, our gorillas are given a variety of leaves and branches for them to eat as part of their diet, but some days it seems like more fun for the young gorillas to either run around with them or try their hand at building nests. Recently, our five year old male, Fuzu, found himself out on exhibit with lots of Olive branches, so he tried his hand at making a day nest.
Thursday 13th June 2013
Seal Keeper Ady recently returned from a voyage to Antarctica. She was onboard a cruise ship sharing her passion and knowledge of the amazing animals that call this frozen continent home. Ady said that there were so many once in a life time experiences, but her breath was absolutely taken away when she stood Salisbury Plains surrounded by hundreds of thousands of King Penguins. See some of the incredible photos and hear about her adventure to Antarctica here.