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Did you know Sydney Funnel-web Spiders make trip-lines of web radiating out from their burrows’ entrance? These act as a doorbell; as a cockroach, beetle or other food item, touches the trip lines, vibrations travel down the web to the spider.
Giraffe eating carrot
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s first ever litter of lion cubs have been a favourite for visitors since they went on display in May. The three lion cubs, one male and two females, were born on the 28 February 2015 to first time mother Maya and experienced father Lazarus.
Very late last night word came of a young female African Wild Dog observed in the national park with a snare caught around her abdomen. Today's priority: to locate her and assess the injury.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo would like you to meet Pedro! Pedro is a seven year old Black-handed Spider Monkey who has come to Dubbo all the way from the France.
In September, I will be heading over to Sumatra on a 10-day travel adventure with a small group of wildlife enthusiasts in order to explore this amazing Indonesian island. In the lead up to the trek, Team Taronga is raising funds to support Taronga’s vital conservation projects in Sumatra, including Wildlife Protection Units in Bukit Tigapuluh and Way Kambas National Park.
Today I was told that once you visit the valley, it has a way of capturing your heart forever. The valley is South Luangwa valley in Zambia - and having been here for less than 24 hours, I am already starting to think this may be true.
First thing every morning the ungulate keepers at Taronga Zoo join forces and clean the Giraffe paddock. This is the only exhibit that requires all the ungulate keepers to work together as the giraffe produce many, many small droppings that are spread out over a large area.
I've spent most of the past week simply working on chimpanzee biographies at Tchimpounga.



Great to see #tarongawesternplainszoo recognised with silver in Tourist Attactions #NSWTA15 🐘
Thrilled and honoured to have won gold for Major Tourist Attraction ! #NSWTA15 Great win for wildlife conservation. 🐨
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.