Conservation Partnerships

For Taronga to be successful in its vision of securing a shared future for wildlife and people, our conservation work must not only benefit wildlife but it must also support people as well.

We all depend on the Earth’s resources for our daily lives. We fish or eat fish, we farm or eat produce from the supermarket, we log or use wood to build and we buy products everyday that use resources from the Earth. However, these resources are finite. If we harvest and use them in unsustainable ways, the resources we need will eventually run out.

The Conservation Partnerships that we create work with wildlife conservation organisations and communities to develop ways to protect priority species and habitats, facilitate ways that people can live and share environments with wildlife and foster community and government support for conservation. By focusing on developing close partnerships, we ensure that our contributions have long-term effects and outcomes for biodiversity.

African Wild Dogs

Taronga supports the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (CRU) to undertake the Ruaha Carnivore Project in Ruaha National Park (RNP), Tanzania. RNP supports the third largest population of African Wild Dogs and is only one of six populations that are likely to be viable long term.

Community-based conservation of Madagascar’s spiny forests

Madagascar sustains one of the world's highest priority biodiversity hotspots with exceptional species diversity due to 165 million years of isolation. The xerophytic spiny forests of southwest coastal Madagascar contain extremely important biodiversity, but it is being systematically converted for agricultural use and firewood.

Maiko-Tayna Kahuzi-Biega

Taronga and the Jane Goodall Institute support conservation in Maiko-Tanya Kahuzi-Beiga (Maiko). Maiko, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is rich in African biodiversity and home to Chimpanzees and the entire Eastern Lowland Gorilla population. Our support assists activities including education, health care, and family planning, income for local communities and employment of eco-guards to conduct patrols and protect the forest. Read more here.

Platypus, Australia

Taronga supports Platypus conservation in collaboration with the University of NSW. The project investigates the comparative impact of water extraction methods on Platypus populations and the impact of environmental flows in Platypus waters.

Cassowary, Australia

Taronga supports a Cassowary conservation project to reforest essential Cassowary habitat in the Daintree Rainforest.

Komodo Dragons

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the world’s largest lizard, only occurs on five very small Indonesian islands: Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, Nusas Kode and Flores in the Lesser Sunda region.


In April 2012, the combined Koala populations of Queensland, NSW and the ACT were listed as vulnerable under Commonwealth threatened species legislation. Koalas in these states face many threats, including habitat loss, clearing and degradation; drought; fire; climate change; predation by dogs; road kill; disease and inbreeding. In 2010, the Koala population in NSW was estimated to be 21,000 individuals, a 33% decline since 1990.

Elephant Transit Home, Sri Lanka

The Elephant Transit Home (ETH) was established in 1995 by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC).It was created to provide care and rehabilitation to young elephant calves found abandoned or orphaned with little or no prospect of survival due to the loss of their mother and natural herd.

Kui Buri, Thailand

Kui Buri National Park is located in southwest Thailand and is recognised as home to one of the largest remaining populations of Asian Elephants – estimated at 300. It is also home to Banteng, Gaur, Malayan Tapir, Sun Bear, Dhole and Plain-pounched Hornbill.

Capacity Building for Amphibian Conservation in South East Asia

Taronga Herpetofauna Supervisor, Michael McFadden, has been invited by the International Amphibian Conservation collective ‘Amphibian ARK’ to write and deliver training courses required for the successful husbandry and breeding of amphibians in captivity.

Fijian Crested Iguana - Implementation of the IUCN Species Recovery Plan

Funding to implement the 2008 – 2012 IUCN Species Recovery Plan for the Fijian Crested Iguana was received by the National Trust for Fiji Islands in 2009.

Cross River Gorilla, Cameroon

Cross River National Park is the largest of three sites in Nigeria where gorillas are found with an estimated population of 25-50.

Regent Honeyeater Breeding program

Wild populations of the Regent Honeyeater have declined mainly due to the clearing and fragmentation of woodland and forest containing its preferred Eucalyptus species. Long term recovery of the species requires a landscape approach to conservation involving the retention of ‘key’ eucalypt species

Tchimpounga, Republic of Congo

Tchimpounga Nature Reserve is situated on a coastal plain of dry open savannahs, densely forested gorges, flood plains, mangrove swamps, and Africa’s most endangered ecosystem type, the coastal Mayombe forest, of which only approximately 10% remains.

Wildlife Protection Units in Bukit Tigapuluh, Sumatra

The Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem (EB30), a national park with a broad forest buffer zone, comprises 3200 km2 of lowland and hill dipterocarp forest in the flood plains of central Sumatra.

International Rhino Foundation

Taronga is a founding member of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and continues to support many of its activities today in both Asia and Africa.

Breeding success for critically endangered Addax

Addax calf born February 2014
The breeding success continues at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, with the arrival of another Addax calf on 27 February.