A common question asked of Taronga’s Marine Mammal keepers is: “How long does it take to train a seal for the seal show?” The answer is not a simple one, but New Zealand Fur-seal, Ronnie, is a good example of how it works.
Surreal, there’s no other word for it. On Easter Sunday, Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited Taronga Zoo and opened the new Bilby exhibit named in honour of their son, Prince George.
Taronga Zoo’s Cassowaries can now be seen in their refurbished rainforest exhibit.
The male and female Cassowaries are sharing separate parts of the exhibit as keepers prepare to move them back together for breeding.
It has been another busy few weeks in Taronga’s Herpetofauna department, with the acquisition of some very new animals, enrichment feeds to some very old animals, and the handling and conditioning of a very snappy animal!
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.