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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.
They’ve got some of the foulest breath of any animal in the Zoo. They’ve got a fearsome reputation, with folklore suggesting they can kill men with their breath alone, possess spiritual powers to cause untold sickness and can spit their venom and leap several metres in the air to attack ...and we’ve just hatched out four of them!

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Our echidnas have just given their new just-add-water diet the ‘lick’ of approval. http://t.co/Go4QJdXzn3 http://t.co/xjRDbmOGcT
Fumo and Sudi look like they’re plotting more ways to get into mischief in this great capture by Tracey Dierikx. http://t.co/F3R76KG1ez
RT @MosmanDaily: The echidnas @tarongazoo love their new 'just-add-water' meals created especially for them by a nutritionist #cute http://…

Public Notices

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.
Taronga’s commitment to all animals in its care includes the provision of a stimulating and rich environment full of challenges and activities.