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Behavioural Ecology

Behavioural Ecology

Studying animals’ behaviour is vital for learning more about them and their needs. Taronga’s Behavioural Studies Unit helps the Zoos’ animals lead rich, stimulating lives.

Researcher Profiles

Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos have attracted some of the best scientific minds in the world. Working together they are making a positive difference for wildlife.

Conservation Science

Taronga is dedicated to conservation of wildlife, not just of the species represented in its Zoos, but of every species that is in danger of extinction. Our Zoos’ diverse collections and research strengths, provides an opportunity to monitor changes in population and habitat viability and help provide information needed to guide management of habitats and wildlife.

Silvery Gibbon Preparation for Release

This project created a “soft release” enclosure in a Javan forest to ease rescued Silvery Gibbons into the wild. The process resulted in the first two releases of this species ever made.

Providence Petrel Research with UNSW

To protect this burrowing bird by expanding its habitat, colonies had to be moved from Lord Howe Island. This research helped ensure the birds would stay to colonise their new homes.

Well Closure with Ecolodges Indonesia

Abandoned wells in Sumatra have become death traps for wild animals, particularly young elephants. This project closed 1,965 wells over 12 months and rescued two elephants.

Protection of the Fijian Crested Iguana

Taronga is helping local landowners and the Fijian government ensure a future for the endangered Fijian Crested Iguana by translocating iguanas to new locations.

Reintroduction of the Bogul with UNSW

Boguls have suffered from competing with Black Rats, which often carry disease, for food and habitat. Taronga helped work out how to give the Bogul the edge over their chief competitor.

Elephant Conservation Education

Helping educate school children about the importance of Asian Elephants and biodiversity, helped Sri Lankan communities to understand the need to conserve elephant habitats.

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