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Over the past four months Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital has seen a number of injured birds relating to gunshot wounds.
As one of Taronga Zoo’s Indigenous Discovery Hosts, I have been given the amazing privilege of co-presenting a specially written and adapted Taronga Free Flight Bird Show for NAIDOC to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
The soulful sounds of a saxophone echoed across the Zoo this morning, when Steve, one of the Elephant Keepers put on a solo performance for Casey our Leopard Seal.
Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo have recently observed a male koala joey fully emerging from mum Lilli Pilli's pouch.
You may have seen the massive tanks that house Taronga’s Platypus at Wild Australia, but you’d never guess what infrastructure lies above it. A network of tunnels and nest boxes make up 20 meters of burrows that the platypus’ call home. This incredible egg laying mammal has different nest boxes for different activities, much the same way that we have a bedroom, kitchen and lounge room. Find out more about their home here.
From late July Taronga will offer a Piazza inspired by classic Italian cafes. Chef Giovanni Pilu, Head Chef and owner of the award winning two-hatted Pilu at Freshwater, has come to the table to create a menu for Zoo visitors at the free top plaza that combines authentic flavours from Sardinia, Italy, with local harvest. Here you can enjoy home-baked cakes with a Lavazza coffee or the perfect lunch bowl of Sardinian pasta with sausage ragu. Is your mouth watering? Read the full story here.
At Taronga there are three main type of enrichment activities we give the animals to keep them happy and active. They are smell and food based activities and what Zoo keepers call ‘mechanical enrichment’ which are items that the animals can play with or pull apart. Variety is the spice of life, and Carnivore Keeper Deb has some great tips to keeps your pets happy and active at home here.
Taronga’s Small -clawed Otters which live along the Rainforest Trail are always great fun to watch. There never seems to be a quiet moment as they’re in and out of the water. Being incredibly intelligent and social animals the keepers constantly have to comeup with new ideas to keep them active and content. Read this story by Otter Keeper Jordan to learn about the mischievous trio – Houdini, Soa and Bising.
On a foggy morning in Dubbo, staff from Taronga Western Plains Zoo arrived early to prepare to load nine month old Giraffe, Fanana on a truck ready for the start of his journey to New Zealand.
A year ago Kibali our new adolescent gorilla arrived at Taronga Zoo from France. A year on, Kibali has celebrated another birthday in March turning 12 and keepers are seeing lots of changes in this young male gorilla.

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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
One of our reptile keepers has just returned from Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra. Read his amazing story here: http://t.co/oAKWLRbhTi

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.