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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.

World wildlife conservation requires sustained effort from many people working in a variety of fields. Taronga has exceptional expertise in our zoos in all areas that contribute to our ability to provide support to wildlife conservation initiatives. Taronga recognises the need to develop conservation partnerships with like-minded organisations, community groups and conservation experts in order to stop the poaching and trafficking of wildlife, protect and regenerate vegetation and increase understanding of wildlife within communities.

The Conservation Partnerships that we develop with wildlife conservation organisations and communities help 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.

Our Conservation Parterships

Protecting wild Sun bears and Moon bears in Vietnam and Cambodia

Southeast Asia’s bears are highly threatened by a rapidly developing, resource-hungry human population from across the globe. Despite being large and charismatic carnivores, research and conservation of Sun bears and Moon bears (also known as Asiatic black bears) remains largely neglected, with little known of their wild status and few targeted efforts being made to ensure they survive into the future.

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.

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo

The Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo are endemic to Western Australia, which means they are found nowhere else in the world. Once widespread and highly mobile, the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo is now classified in Western Australia as ‘rare or likely to become extinct’ and is federally listed as ‘Endangered’

Greater Bilby

The Greater Bilby is an iconic threatened marsupial that was once widespread throughout arid and semi-arid Australia. However, over the last 200 years there has been a catastrophic decline in the population, and this decline is continuing.Today,their distribution has declined to about 80% of the original range. Remaining populations are small and fragmented, restricted to areas in the Gibson, Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts, parts of the Pilbara and south-western Queensland. Due to this, the status of the Greater Bilby is now nationally classified as ‘vulnerable’.


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.

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.

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.

Maiko-Tayna Kahuzi-Biega

Taronga and the Jane Goodall Institute support conservation in Maiko-Tayna 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.