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Taronga Blogs

Friday 14th May 2010
Volunteers and keepers spent yesterday afternoon and today tracking the 43 Regents that we have sent out into the wild.
Thursday 13th May 2010
Monday's Qantas flight to Albury carrying the second group of 21 Regents was delayed due to thick fog, with the temperature plunging down to 1.5C!! Glad I was there last week!!
Tuesday 11th May 2010
Amala, the Greater One -Horned Rhinoceros arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo last year from Los Angeles. She is a future breeding partner for Dora, our adult male Greater One-Horned Rhino. Amala is only four years old and weighs approx 1200kgs. We will consider introducing this pair when Amala is a little older and approaching 1600kgs. Amala has settled into her new home quite well and is becoming comfortable with her daily routine.
Monday 10th May 2010
Taronga celebrates the dedication of its volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Check out the video and learn more about the Zoos’ quiet achievers
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
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has a number of reasons to celebrate Mother’s Day this year with an abundance of first time mothers giving birth over the past few months!
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
This morning our two female African Elephants, Yum Yum, (41) and Cuddles (38), enjoyed another early morning walk around the zoo. The mornings are getting cooler now and so they are keen to get out and get the blood pumping.
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.