Taronga Zoo Statement on Elephant Incident - 19.10.12
19th October 2012
Zoo’s New Opening Times For Winter
Taronga Zoo will open between 9.30am and close at 4.30 pm from June 1 until August 31.
Detailed research has found that thousands of daily visitors arrive later and leave earlier in the cooler weather, usually with fewer than 100 general visitors entering the Zoo before 9.30 am year round.
The new opening times will enable the Zoo to restructure its daily routine as keepers and support staff feed and check the 3500 animals at Taronga as they clean and prepare the Zoo’s 28 hectare site.
The slightly later opening time will also help the Zoo address rising costs and minimise disruption to visitors from minor development and maintenance work such as tree-lopping and deliveries.
In Summer, the new seasonal opening hours will be from 9.30 am until 5pm from 01 September to 31 May. All the zoo’s keeper talks and presentations are unaffected by the adjustment.
The Zoo is a not for profit organisation.
NSW Health Reconfirms No TB Risk To Zoo Visitors
Wednesday 25 April 2012
A recent NSW Ministry of Health investigation into the risk to humans of tuberculosis (TB) from animals at Taronga Zoo has found there is no risk to visitors and there are no cases of tuberculosis among zoo staff.
The investigation followed the Zoo’s diagnosis of TB in an elephant in 2010 and a chimpanzee in 2011.
Health experts found that any potential risk of exposure to tuberculosis had been limited to those staff who worked in close proximity to the infectious elephant and the risk to other staff and visitors to the zoo was negligible.
Currently, there are no animals or people identified with active tuberculosis disease at the Zoo, and visitors are not at risk of infection.
Over 200 animals at the Zoo have been tested and none were found to have active TB.
The elephant has completed a 12 month course of treatment and is being monitored to ensure she is cured.
After the euthanasia last year of the chimpanzee diagnosed with the disease, Taronga veterinarians took the precaution of placing all the other chimpanzees on treatment. Further testing earlier this year found this precaution was no longer necessary.
Update re TB investigations
Wednesday 29 February 2012
An expert Working Group involving the NSW Ministry of Health and Taronga Zoo met last week to further review the results of screening of staff and zoo animals following the discovery of a chimp with Tuberculosis (TB) last September. They confirmed that tests on over a hundred zoo staff and 160 animals have not identified any people or animals with active TB.
As there are no individuals identified with active infectious TB, there is no ongoing risk to zoo visitors.
The safety and wellbeing of guests to the zoo, as well as staff and animals are the highest priority of Taronga Zoo.
Taronga Zoo update re chimp TB infection
Thursday 8 December 2011
Taronga Zoo wishes to reassure the public that extensive testing has found there are no animals or staff at Taronga Zoo currently identified with infectious tuberculosis.
After the discovery of a chimp with tuberculosis infection in September 2011, Taronga Zoo moved quickly to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the zoo’s guests, staff and animals.
A working group including representatives from NSW Health has advised there is no ongoing risk of being exposed to tuberculosis by visiting the zoo.
Wednesday 23rd November 2011
A media story on 19th November reported the discovery of a TB infection in a chimp at Taronga. That animal was humanely euthanased in September due to more generalised health issues.
Please be assured that extensive testing has found that there are no animals or staff at Taronga identified with infectious TB.
NSW Health authorities have advised that there is no ongoing risk of getting TB by visiting the zoo.
The wellbeing and safety of the zoo's guests, staff and animals is our highest priority.
Update on investigations of infection found in chimp
Wednesday 16th November 2011
An expert Working Group from NSW Health and Taronga Zoo has been conducting investigations into the discovery in September of a tuberculosis (TB) infection in a chimp at the zoo. Confirmation that it was the same type of infection as found in an Asian Elephant last year has guided their investigation to try to identify plausible pathways for transfer. This has involved testing of staff and contractors, as well as checking for any common equipment, food matter or soil. No link has been found to date.
As a precaution the chimp group have all been placed on an antibiotic treatment and the elephant, which has been treated for over a year, is in excellent health.
The Working Group met again last week and reconfirmed that there is no increased risk to visitors to the zoo.
No other animals have been found to have the infection.
Friday 7th October 2011
As a result of routine health testing of its animals, Taronga Zoo announced the discovery of a tuberculosis (TB) infection in one of its chimpanzees in September.
Friday 16th September 2011
Taronga’s chimpanzees are completing health screening in their exhibit.
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