Once seen in flocks of hundreds, the striking yellow and black Regent Honeyeater is now elusive in the wild. Extinct in South Australia, with only small populations left in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, these beautiful birds have been rapidly disappearing from their native habitat in the forests of the Great Dividing Range at an alarming rate, due to loss of their Box-Ironbark forest homes and the food that they need to survive.
For Regent Honeyeaters, for the next 10 years
Taronga has committed to expanding our successful breed and release program in Sydney to Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, with almost 200 Regent Honeyeaters bred at Taronga already released into the wild. Additionally, Taronga is working to rebuild honeyeater habitat in the Capertee Valley, planting trees every year and monitoring wild honeyeater populations.