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The crazy ups and downs of the weather lately have made for some interesting flying for Dixie the Whistling Kite. On the hot, still days she has done more sitting than flying but the constantly changing temperatures and wind directions have meant that on other days she’s done some spectacular flying. Southerly breezes bring the best flying conditions to the bird show and those are the days that I feel truly lucky to be doing this job!
Taronga’s giant Kodiak Bear ‘Bethyl’ is celebrated her 33rd birthday this week making her one of the oldest of her species in the world!
Lately we have been doing quite a bit of work with falcons at Bird Show, rehabilitating Clarkie, lure flying Khan and recently we’ve been training Nike. Nike is a female Peregrine Falcon named after the Greek goddess of Victory. When we lure fly our falcons, the falcons always win. I thought the name was very appropriate.
Our three male pelicans in our marine precinct Great Southern Oceans are preparing to show off their amazing wild behaviours in the daily Seal Shows. As part of their training we take them on short stroll from their coastal home and walk them over to the Seal Theatre most mornings.
During the recent hot weather the elephant herd have been spending some extra time in their cool mud wallow.
Orphaned animals are regularly brought to Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital however; it is not very often that they are a baby Dusty Moorhen. This young Dusty Moorhen was brought to the Zoo by a member of the public after being found on its own at the Narromine weir.
This breeding season has been one of Taronga’s most successful. In the last few months 16 Little Penguin chicks have hatched and there are 10 more on the way!
A Lace Monitor (often referred to as a Goanna) was brought into Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital in early December by a member of the public after it was hit by a car.
The Red Jungle Fowl chicks have quadrupled in size! They were just 30 grams and now at just over 20 days old they’re 147 grams. That’s a lot of growth.
Luk Chai continues to love his daily bath time, but given that he now weighs over 288 kilos he makes quite a splash!

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Great advice from NSW Environment to keep our waterways clean for wildlife at Xmas http://t.co/MGt4mHO0Ps
Kibibi the Hippo calf at Taronga Western Plains Zoo is starting to come out of the water more often now http://t.co/acYwNKCifO
Last week we released two Little Penguins with @OEHmedia, #npws and Manly Penguin wardens. Watch the release here: https://t.co/pRqpe3b5OH

Public Notices

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.
A fire broke out in a service building on the perimeter of Taronga Zoo overnight. Fire Brigade crews attended and extinguished the fire before 3am. No people or animals were injured in the fire. Preliminary investigations have found no suspicious circumstances.
Taronga Zoo has very different policies on animal care than the Copenhagen Zoo.