Taronga Zoo is celebrating the arrival of its second Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey in three years, a breeding success story that could also help the critically endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
An initial investigation by NSW Fire Service and Police into a fire that occurred in a lunch room at Taronga Zoo this week assessed that the cause could have been a toaster plugged into a possibly faulty circuit. Initial concerns that there may have been asbestos contained in the roof of the structure were unfounded, as subsequent testing by independent specialists found no asbestos in various samples from the building.
At approximately 1.30am this morning a fire broke out in a small service building on the perimeter of Taronga Zoo. A resident across the harbour noticed the flames and alerted the Fire Brigade, which sent crews immediately in response. The crews were able to extinguish the fire by 2.10am. No staff or animals at the zoo were injured in the fire, which occurred in a building used for storage and amenities for waste management staff.
A fire broke out in a service building on the perimeter of Taronga Zoo overnight.
Fire Brigade crews attended and extinguished the fire before 3am.
No people or animals were injured in the fire.
Preliminary investigations have found no suspicious circumstances.
Their Royal Highnessess, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were introduced to some of Australia’s unique and endangered wildlife at Taronga Zoo today, officially opening the Zoo’s new Bilby exhibit named in honour of their son, Prince George.