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Taronga Blogs

Friday 22nd January 2010
Taronga’s giant Kodiak Bear ‘Bethyl’ is celebrated her 33rd birthday this week making her one of the oldest of her species in the world!
Monday 18th January 2010
Lately we have been doing quite a bit of work with falcons at Bird Show, rehabilitating Clarkie, lure flying Khan and recently we’ve been training Nike. Nike is a female Peregrine Falcon named after the Greek goddess of Victory. When we lure fly our falcons, the falcons always win. I thought the name was very appropriate.
Friday 15th January 2010
Our three male pelicans in our marine precinct Great Southern Oceans are preparing to show off their amazing wild behaviours in the daily Seal Shows. As part of their training we take them on short stroll from their coastal home and walk them over to the Seal Theatre most mornings.
Thursday 14th January 2010
During the recent hot weather the elephant herd have been spending some extra time in their cool mud wallow.
Friday 8th January 2010
Orphaned animals are regularly brought to Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital however; it is not very often that they are a baby Dusty Moorhen. This young Dusty Moorhen was brought to the Zoo by a member of the public after being found on its own at the Narromine weir.
Thursday 7th January 2010
This breeding season has been one of Taronga’s most successful. In the last few months 16 Little Penguin chicks have hatched and there are 10 more on the way!
Wednesday 6th January 2010
A Lace Monitor (often referred to as a Goanna) was brought into Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital in early December by a member of the public after it was hit by a car.
Wednesday 6th January 2010
The Red Jungle Fowl chicks have quadrupled in size! They were just 30 grams and now at just over 20 days old they’re 147 grams. That’s a lot of growth.
Tuesday 5th January 2010
Luk Chai continues to love his daily bath time, but given that he now weighs over 288 kilos he makes quite a splash!
Thursday 31st December 2009
As we’re coming to the end of the year and decade one last Chimpanzee update seems appropriate.Overall they’re enjoying their new surrounds, in particular, the cool of the den areas.