Taronga is committed to developing experiences that connect our visitors to wildlife, develop a deep understanding of the issues that they face and inspire and empower action to conserve wildlife and habitats. Understanding how a visit to Taronga or Taronga Western Plains Zoos can affect the attitudes and behaviours of visitors is a critical element in delivering our vision and improving the visitor experience.
National Wildlife Health Rounds (ARWH)
Wildlife health, habitat health and human health are intrinsically linked. Disease investigation and surveillance in combination with a widespread, integrated health database is a key element to the effective detection of disease events and guiding effective action to prevent the spread of disease and population loss.
It is obvious that without appropriate nutrition, animals will not maintain a high standard of health, reproduction and well-being. A great deal of research has been undertaken to understand the nutritional requirements of wildlife species, and the health of these species in zoos indicates these diets are adequate.
Biodiversity is the engine of life. We rely heavily on plant and animal species to play specific roles within an ecosystem, which provides valuable services for all wildlife and people. The global value of these ecological services has been estimated at $33-54 trillion/year. But it is also estimated that we lose $2-5 trillion each year in ecological services due to environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
The five primary threatening processes are: