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Our Gorilla group has expanded from eight to nine, and our Primate keepers witnessed the whole birth!
There has been a changing of the guard in Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Otter group.
‘Kambiri’, our Pygmy Hippo calf, is an absolute water baby. She spends most of her day bobbing up and down in her waterhole with Mum, ‘Petre’, only coming out when it’s time to eat. At a healthy 50 kilograms, eating is her second favourite pastime!
A koala jumping from branch to branch is something that most people are surprised to see but it’s something that happens often.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog. It is my sad duty if you may, to report that on Tuesday 11th January Taronga Zoo lost its oldest Chimpanzee Bessie.
This morning Australasia’s oldest Kodiak Bear Bethyl, celebrated her 34th birthday which included a choir of Roar and Snore guests singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and a big pink birthday present.
Over the past month the Zoo has welcomed two Wapiti fawns, a female born on 11 December 2010 named Kasha meaning fur robe in Native American and a male born on 3 January 2011 named Mikasi meaning Coyote in Omaha.
Did you know that two of Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Elephants can paint?
It’s just over two years since Taronga became home to 10 wild caught quokkas from Rottnest Island, West Australia, and they’ve certainly settled in producing five tiny joeys!
On the 7th of November, an orphaned baby Flying Fox called ‘Duruga’ was brought into the Taronga Wildlife Hospital and into my life. I became his ‘mother’.

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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.