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Wildlife Rehabilitation Stories

Thanks to keen-eyed and kind-hearted members of the public, Taronga’s wildlife hospitals have saved many injured animals found in the wild. Read some of those stories here.

Wildlife Road Safety Tips

If you come across injured wildlife take some simple steps, such as keeping the animal warm and minimising noise – then contact a wildlife group, veterinary hospital or one of Taronga's wildlife hospitals.

Wildlife Rehabilitation

When an injured animal is brought to one of Taronga’s Wildlife Hospitals, the veterinarians’ ultimate aim is its release back into the wild. Wherever possible the rescuer is involved in that exciting event!

Taronga's Wildlife Hospitals

The vets at Taronga’ Wildlife Hospitals are responsible for the health of the Zoos’ animals, as well as caring for injured and orphaned animals brought in by members of the public.

Prevention of Shark Attacks

While a shark attack is unlikely, a few sensible tips – such as swimming at Life Saver patrolled beaches and avoiding taking a dip at night - can make swimming even safer.

Shark Know How

Many theories have been advanced to explain why sharks attack humans – from curiosity and territorial instincts, but most victims are released, suggesting they are not trying to feed.

Latest Figures

Sharks endure a reputation far greater than their crimes - on average one person a year is killed by a shark in Australia’s coastal waters. Two to three people a year are killed by bees.

Australian Shark Attack File

Australia is known for its sharks, but the stats tell us that these magnificent creatures don’t deserve their reputation for aggression.

John West (Dip Aqua, PSM)

Manager, Life Sciences Operations. John West is currently the Manager of Life Sciences Operations at Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos. He is the Curator of the Australian Shark Attack File.

Larry Vogelnest (BVSc (Hons), MVS, MACVS, PSM)

Senior Veterinarian. Dr Vogelnest has participated in and advised on both in situ and ex situ components of numerous conservation projects. He specialises in the health and reproductive management of small populations.

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