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Taronga Blogs

Friday 25th September 2009
Keepers today started their usual morning rounds only to find three tiny Barbary Sheep lambs had been born overnight. The mothers and their lambs are all doing well and we've already seen the young ones suckling from mum which is a great sign. The babies are very cute and are hiding in the rocky areas on the exhibit with mum keeping a close eye but over coming days they will start to get a bit more adventurous.
Friday 25th September 2009
Luk Chai has been busy playing with the bunch of small tyres again. We hung the tyres out in the paddock on a tree branch and he does a little mock charge at them. He likes to do a bit of a run up and bump them with his head.
Friday 25th September 2009
This morning a Barking Owl chick arrived to be raised by zookeeper Erin and then trained for the QBE Free Flight Bird Show.
Friday 25th September 2009
Hi everyone just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Lisa and I'm a primate keeper. This year is ‘Year of the Gorilla’ and to raise awareness about the plight of this species we’re supporting a mobile phone recycling program because a rare mineral called coltan is used in manufacturing of mobile phones.
Thursday 24th September 2009
Our two Orang-utans have moved out. In a big step in the renovation of the Chimpanzee exhibit, they’ve gone to their new off-exhibit home so work modifying the side of the Orang House can go at full speed.
Thursday 24th September 2009
Luk Chai is learning the art of eating pineapple tops as he gradually discovers that they’re not playthings but something to eat.
Wednesday 23rd September 2009
The Tasmanian Devil joeys at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are becoming more independent as each day passes. All four joeys are still tending to be more nocturnal, only coming out from hiding in the late afternoon. They're very curious characters and are starting to explore their area at night on their own. Mum's pretty happy to watch them from a safe distance, letting them get into all kinds of mischief.
Monday 21st September 2009
We’ve all come to recognise Luk Chai’s little noises. When he’s excited he does a little snort-snuffle and when he’s playing with one of his favourite toys or running towards the adults he makes a high pitched “grrrr” noise.
Friday 18th September 2009
Luk Chai had another nap in the paddock this morning. He fell asleep in the middle of sampling a pineapple leaf. Mum and the aunts love pineapple tops and he’s been having a nibble too. Mid-chew he shut his eyes for a nap and the pineapple leaf hung out of his mouth whilst he rested.
Friday 18th September 2009
Spring is certainly here at the Backyard to Bush where Amy the goat gave birth to three kids late last month and her friend Eve had twins yesterday!