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He is participating in the baths sessions with mum and actually likes getting scrubbed by the keepers
It’s recently come to the attention of the Bird Show crew that there is a wild Powerful Owl hanging out in the Zoo grounds. Powerful Owls are a vulnerable species often found in wooded areas, along the east coast of Australia, so to have one in the Sydney CBD area is amazing!
Can you help us name one of our Tasmanian Devils?
Pathi Harn has now managed to get all four of his legs up and over the edge of his paddling pool and is enjoying splashing around and playing with his beach ball.
One of the very best things about returning to work after a break on the Primate Department is the greeting you get from the Primates, especially the Chimps.
Over the last couple of days during morning bath times, we get out the baby pool for Pathi Harn. He doesn't get all the way in yet, but puts first one foot and then another into the water. He likes to swish it around with his trunk. We've brought Luk Chai into the barn to show Pathi Harn how much fun he can have in the bath. Luk Chai loves his bath.
‘Tiquie’ our Brazilian Tapir, the usually timid creatures of South American rainforests has stolen our hearts with her endearing and affectionate personality.
As the weather sits at a warm 30 degrees in Dubbo, Bakhita and her five week old calf have been cooling off with a roll in the mud wallow in their off display exhibit. Whilst at first the calf only wanted to walk through the mud and splash about, after seeing mum take a roll in the wallow, she to thought it would be a good thing to do.After a good five minutes of frolicking in the mud with mum the little calf decided it was time for a well earned rest, plonking herself down by mum for a little morning snooze.
Playing chases is a pretty regular occurrence on the Cheetah exhibit at present with the four cubs full of energy, especially in the morning.
In October 2009 Taronga Western Plains Zoo welcomed four rare Cheetah cubs which are now out on exhibit for visitors to see. Two of the cubs have been identified as the rare King Cheetah, which is a colour variation of Cheetah.



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Our tiny male Francois' Langur has been named 'Nangua', after the Mandarin word for pumpkin.

Public Notices

Taronga Zoo would not dissect animals for public display. Taronga’s first concern is always for the welfare and dignity of the remarkable animals in our care.
Taronga Zoo’s young male elephant, Luk Chai, 5, had some dental work on his tusks today. Taronga’s Senior Veterinarian, Dr Larry Vogelnest, said some elephants including Luk Chai, have brittle tusks that are prone to cracking and infection.
Taronga's male elephant Luk Chai is being seen by an expert elephant dentist tomorrow to check out his teeth and tusks. Luk Chai has especially small brittle tusks which, through normal play he damages and has suffered recurrent infections.
Taronga is having an important safety evacuation drill after 3pm on Monday 8 December and all staff and visitors will be evacuated.