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The Floral Clock

The Floral Clock was donated to Taronga by the late Sir Arthur Rickard, KBE, of Sydney. The clock was officially started on 19th December 1928.

Taronga Zoo’s Floral Clock is one of three traditional mechanical floral clocks in the world, others operate electronically.

Zoo Plants

Taronga Zoo has many interesting plants within the grounds. Significant trees include:

Small Leaved Fig (Ficus obliqua)
A rainforest giant. These trees were planted when the Zoo was developed in the early 1900's.

Tree Waratah (Alloxylon flammeum)
Native to the moist forest of New South Wales and Queensland. The tree displays magnificent red flowers during summer. Flowering will not occur until it is seven or eight years old.

Animal Food Production

Plants that are eaten by Zoo animals are collectively known as ‘browse'. Browse is collected by Zoo Horticulturists in the form of leaves, twigs and branches from various places including schools, suburban backyards, and specially developed plantations. Browse is collected by the truckload and kept in cold storage until required.

The animals of Taronga Zoo eat very similar foods to humans, including a variety of fresh fruit, meat, vegetables and grains. In addition to their prepared food, many animals require plant material.

There are two main categories of browse:

Waste Management

Taronga uses a range of initiatives to manage its waste effectively. The principles of Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are used on a daily basis to ensure we are diverting as much material as possible from landfill.

Taronga’s public areas produce approx 35 tonnes of general waste each month. The waste is collected and managed to maximise recycling and waste diversion. Over 80 percent of the public place general waste is successfully diverted from landfill.

Behind the scenes, our staff are actively involved in reducing in-house wastes by:

Energy Management

Managing energy is just one way to  reduce the impact humans have on the environment. The introduction of energy conservation and efficiency programs are also essential to reduce carbon emissions.