Securing a shared future for wildlife and people Watch the Video
In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, Taronga celebrated wildlife and the ingenuity of Australians by launching the Taronga Green Grants. We asked a simple question “with $50,000 and access to 1.6 million people a year, what would you do to make Australia a safer place for wildlife?”.
Today I took a look at something quite unexpected, ‘Angus’ the Rufous Owl had laid an egg. No, he hadn’t defied the odds and become the first male to take on the hatching role. He, we discovered, is actually a she, and has now been renamed ‘Agnes’.
Being a volunteer keeper is an amazing experience, not only do I get to come to the zoo whenever I want, but I get to make a difference in the day of the animals at the zoo.
Having recently being awarded a 2011 Churchill Fellowship to visit other wildlife organisations and Zoos around the world.
The Zoo’s Project Platypus is going from strength to strength! The five schools involved in the first round are already well and truly under way creating messages to help protect Platypus populations in the wild and to educate people about the importance of the environment.
Our Australian wildlife keepers have proudly announced a very special new arrival, a Glossy Black Cockatoo chick.
The primate keepers will tell you, there’s something about Mary the Mueller’s Gibbon. She is undisputedly the Queen of Taronga Zoo, and at the ripe old age of 52, she has certainly earned the title.
Last Friday was an interesting day for the Bird Show crew.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has been nominated as a finalist in two categories at the 2011 NSW Inland Tourism Awards.
Meerkats love peanuts and mealworms. Even with strong winds whistling across their sandy exhibit, the little desert-dwellers, rushed out on Tuesday morning to find peanuts – two each – hidden throughout the exhibit.



. says conservationists alarmed by lifting of rhino horn sale ban in South Africa
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. 🐨

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.