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Ripley’s starting to look more and more like an adult Barking Owl. He’s now completely covered in feathers, making him look less like a fuzz ball.
This week has been a great reminder for all of us who work with Chimpanzees.
Yesterday was an extremely windy day for us at the zoo, with gusts up to 60 km/hr! On days like these we modify our show as some birds struggle in those winds, but even those that have proved themselves before can find it a bit tough.
Luk Chai’s got a new toy and it looks like it’s a winner! Previously we gave him a shaggy blue coloured ball, but that was so yesterday. Nowadays he’s much more interested in his new plaything - a textured purple ball which he loves mucking around with during bath time.
We are all very excited by the arrival of a little filly Zebra foal. The foal has been named Zahra which means flower in Swahili.
We’ve freshened up the elephants’ paddocks with an additional layer of organic top soil and there was great excitement in the herd when they realised there was something new to sprinkle on their backs.
Our Barking Owl chick has been with us just over a week now and is growing quickly! He is now 500 grams and that’s a lot of growth for a little owl, especially when you consider at full size they only weigh around 700 grams. We’ve also named him Ripley! Although we won’t know its sex for a while yet, but in the meantime we’re calling it a he.
Yesterday Luk Chai enjoyed a massive iceblock in the barn with mum Thong Dee. The bucket-sized iceblock filled with treats was like a massive paddle pop with a bamboo stick poking out the end for Thong Dee to pick up with her trunk.
Planning for the move is continuing at an increasingly frantic pace. Plans for which groups will move house together and in what order are pretty much finalised in our minds. What the Chimps think about all this we will see later on!
Today we released the 100 kilogram Green Turtle, ‘Big Lady’ that we have been looking after at the Wildlife Hospital.

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Public Notices

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.
SUBORDINATE LEGISLATION ACT 1989 ZOOLOGICAL PARKS BOARD ACT 1973 AND ZOOLOGICAL PARKS REGULATION 2014 TARONGA CONSERVATION SOCIETY AUSTRALIA
While you’re out and about you may notice that some of Taronga’s Wild! Rhinos may have apparently wandered away from their locations.