Our role in conservation is to create direct and positive connections between wildlife and people. We protect endangered species, increase understanding of wildlife and inspire community action.
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Media Releases

Friday 23rd May 2008
Taronga's much-loved Leopard Seal 'Brooke' passed away yesterday evening after a brief illness.'Brooke' came to the zoo in 1999 after being found on Garie Beach in the Royal National Park drastically underweight, dehydrated and suffering from shark attack injuries.
Thursday 8th May 2008
With only an estimated 1500 Regent Honeyeaters left in the wild, the release of twenty eight birds from a successful regional breeding program is well timed.Taronga Zoo in partnership with wildlife agencies manages a vital breed-for-release program for this endangered species.The small black and yellow honeyeaters have been rapidly disappearing from their native habitat along the Box and Ironbark forests of the Great Dividing Range at an alarming rate.
Thursday 8th May 2008
Taronga's newest Chimpanzee mother, 'Sacha' today started Mother's Day celebrations early, by revealing her new baby boy which has been snuggling close to her belly since his arrival last month.
Thursday 1st May 2008
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is proud to announce that a healthy, female Southern White Rhinoceros calf was born on Thursday 10 April 2008 - and is now ready to meet the public!
Thursday 24th April 2008
Veterinary staff at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are utilising infrared thermography technology as part of the special care program for our three Asian Elephants and two African elephants, all of which are in their twilight years.
Thursday 3rd April 2008
Taronga Zoo's expansive Great Southern Oceans exhibit, opening to the public for today, provides an important and thrilling introduction to Australia's marine wildlife.
Thursday 27th March 2008
Taronga Zoo has bid a sad farewell to one of its longest-standing residents today, with Cynthia the Kodiak Bear passing peacefully away at the grand old age of 31.Cynthia and her sister Bethel have awed Taronga Zoo visitors since they arrived in Sydney in 1985.
Thursday 27th March 2008
A group of 12 Tasmanian Devils, sent from Tasmania to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo as part of a national effort to save the species, are showing encouraging signs that they may be breeding in their first season at the Zoo.
Monday 17th March 2008
Taronga's keepers have discovered Fiordland Penguins like to walk.Zoo visitors have been enchanted to discover Mr Munro and female penguins, 'Chalky' and 'Milford' out for a stroll through the Zoo grounds as part of their exercise routine.
Tuesday 11th March 2008
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to three Asian Elephants and two African Elephants, all of who are in their twilight years. Because all the Elephants at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are in their later years, keepers have a number of special programs in place to assist in keeping the Elephants both mentally and physically active.