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Taronga Zoo Director Cameron Kerr has received an update on the condition of keeper Lucy Melo today.
Taronga has been advised that the keeper injured earlier today at the elephant barn remains in a critical but stable condition in Royal North Shore Hospital.
During a routine training session at about 11.30 am this morning in Taronga Zoo’s elephant barn, an incident occurred whereby a young male elephant pinned a female keeper against a bollard.
Taronga Zoo will open between 9.30am and close at 4.30 pm from June 1 until August 31.
A recent NSW Ministry of Health investigation into the risk to humans of tuberculosis (TB) from animals at Taronga Zoo has found there is no risk to visitors and there are no cases of tuberculosis among zoo staff.
An expert Working Group involving the NSW Ministry of Health and Taronga Zoo met last week to further review the results of screening of staff and zoo animals following the discovery of a chimp with Tuberculosis (TB) last September. They confirmed that tests on over a hundred zoo staff and 160 animals have not identified any people or animals with active TB.
Please be assured that extensive testing has found that there are no animals or staff at Taronga identified with infectious TB.
An expert Working Group from NSW Health and Taronga Zoo has been conducting investigations into the discovery in September of a tuberculosis (TB) infection in a chimp at the zoo.
As a result of routine health testing of its animals, Taronga Zoo announced the discovery of a tuberculosis (TB) infection in one of its chimpanzees in September.

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