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Zoo’s New Opening Times For Winter

Taronga Zoo will open between 9.30am and close at 4.30 pm from June 1 until August 31*.

Detailed research has found that thousands of daily visitors arrive later and leave earlier in the cooler weather, usually with fewer than 100 general visitors entering the Zoo before 9.30 am year round.

The new opening times will enable the Zoo to restructure its daily routine as keepers and support staff feed and check the 3500 animals at Taronga as they clean and prepare the Zoo’s 28 hectare site.

The slightly later opening time will also help the Zoo address rising costs and minimise disruption to visitors from minor development and maintenance work such as tree-lopping and deliveries.

In Summer, the new seasonal opening hours will be from 9.30 am until 5pm from 01 September to 31 May. All the zoo’s keeper talks and presentations are unaffected by the adjustment.

The Zoo is a not for profit organisation.

*Winter operating hours apply to Taronga Zoo only, they do not apply to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

NSW Health Reconfirms No TB Risk To Zoo Visitors

Wednesday 25 April 2012

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.

The investigation followed the Zoo’s diagnosis of TB in an elephant in 2010 and a chimpanzee in 2011.

Health experts found that any potential risk of exposure to tuberculosis had been limited to those staff who worked in close proximity to the infectious elephant and the risk to other staff and visitors to the zoo was negligible.

Currently, there are no animals or people identified with active tuberculosis disease at the Zoo, and visitors are not at risk of infection.

Over 200 animals at the Zoo have been tested and none were found to have active TB.

The elephant has completed a 12 month course of treatment and is being monitored to ensure she is cured.

After the euthanasia last year of the chimpanzee diagnosed with the disease, Taronga veterinarians took the precaution of placing all the other chimpanzees on treatment. Further testing earlier this year found this precaution was no longer necessary.

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