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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.
Taronga Zoo staff Kirsty and Brad are currently in Tchimpounga located in the Republic of Congo on Zoofriend & Conservation Fellowships.
Bluetongue lizards become adults at around 3 years of age and they can live to about 30 years old! Imagine if you had one as a pet or a wild one living in your backyard at home, you would have it around until you’re all grown up!
It has been a busy year so far for our group of chimpanzees and we are always excited to see how the infants grow and develop into an integral part of the group.
Elephant in pool
The four new Elephants are already busily exploring their new home to the delight of zoo keepers. Mum, Porntip, and five year old calf, Pathi Harn, arrived on 24 April, whilst Thong Dee and her five year old calf Luk Chai have been at the zoo two weeks, arriving on 1 May.
Cheetah boys
Two male Cheetahs are now calling Taronga Western Plains Zoo home following their transfer from Halls Gap. After completing their quarantine at the Zoo's Wildlife Hospital, the pair moved to the Cheetah exhibit night yards where they quickly settled in, and are now on display.

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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.
Taronga’s commitment to all animals in its care includes the provision of a stimulating and rich environment full of challenges and activities.