Our role in conservation is to create direct and positive connections between wildlife and people. We protect endangered species, increase understanding of wildlife and inspire community action.
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Media Releases

Monday 31st August 2009
Taronga Western Plains Zoo Manager Matt Fuller said today:"The zoo is at its heart dedicated to animal welfare. There is no history of mistreatment of animals that have been transferred from its care."
Friday 28th August 2009
Acting Premier and Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Carmel Tebbutt, today officially opened Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s new Tasmanian Devil breeding unit – a key part of the national effort to save the endangered marsupial.
Thursday 27th August 2009
Taronga Zoo is delighted to have been chosen as Sydney’s Favourite Attraction in a Sydney Chamber of Commerce survey.
Wednesday 26th August 2009
Lincoln, a six month old koala joey, has just started venturing out from his mother Maggie's pouch, giving visitors to Taronga Zoo a unique chance to catch a glimpse. Maggie is one of the friendliest koalas at the zoo, and her keeper Lisa Cavanagh has said: "To see the emergence of a joey koala is very rare, and we are just lucky that Maggie is very comfortable with people and has given us the opportunity to watch as Lincoln starts to explore the world outside the pouch."
Thursday 20th August 2009
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is celebrating three big birthdays, with the Zoo’s African Lions all turning 10. Sisters Njeri and Shinyanga turn 10 today while male Lion Jasiri hit double figures late last month.
Saturday 15th August 2009
The young Asian Elephant calf, Luk Chai, received blessings for good health and success at Taronga Zoo today.
Friday 14th August 2009
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is celebrating the arrival of four rare African Wild Dog pups, which were born to the Zoo’s breeding program in early May.
Friday 31st July 2009
Students from Dubbo Public School’s Special Education Unit have been busy planting trees and shrubs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo as part of Schools Tree Day.
Wednesday 29th July 2009
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is calling on you to recycle your old mobile phone and help save one of our closest living relatives.
Monday 27th July 2009
The first elephant calf born in Australia has been officially named today, with Premier Nathan Rees revealing the young Asian elephant would be called ‘Luk Chai’.