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We’ve been taking Clarkie, one of the newest members of Bird Show, off site for some training.
It has been an interesting few weeks in the Orang-utan house since the Chimps moved in.
Khan, our Peregrine Falcon, took free-flying to t a new level last Monday. We went off-site to fly him down at Balmoral Oval at 10 am and recovered him later that day at 3:50 pm, just in time to knock-off work. After a day off to recuperate, we jumped straight back into routine this morning, with very interesting results.
Earlier this year Taronga Western Plains Zoo brought a three year old female Greater One-Horned Rhino named Amala from Los Angeles Zoo in the USA. Amala travelled 36 hours by air and road to join Dora our resident male Greater One-Horned Rhino.
Luk Chai’s father Gung loves to play with a hanging tyre. Gung tests out his balance regularly by poking his back leg in the middle of a suspended tyre and balancing on his other three legs.
We've been talking about how chimps are intelligent problem solvers.
Orang-utans are solitary by nature and especially adult males often prefer to live alone. However, sometimes they enjoy a bit of company too.
Luk Chai’s now over five months old and he’s beginning to learn some elephant manners. We’re starting to teach him some basic words and now that he’s beginning to get a little more interested in the adults' food, he's more inclined to listen to what us keeper have to say.
Today, Erin and I took our female brolga Billy for a walk around the zoo. She has been in our QBE Free Flight Bird Show for nearly as long as it has been running. Going for a walk is something a little different for Billy and allows her to investigate different areas.
There has been a recent spate of births at Backyard to Bush keeping everyone very busy.

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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.