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Maximus strikes a pose

A boisterous Australian Sea-lion pup named Maximus is just one of the new faces waiting to greet visitors at Taronga Zoo these school holidays.

Born in March, the youngster can now be spotted alongside his mother, Lexie, by the pools at Taronga’s Seal Cove.

“Max is spending lots of time exploring his exhibit. We’ve seen him playing in the waterfall, trying to catch the water with his mouth and even barking at it,” said Marine Mammal Supervisor, Ryan Tate.

Max is the first pup born to mother Lexie, an orphan from South Australia. His birth is an important one for his endangered species, with as few as 10,000 Australian Sea-lions remaining in the wild.

Visitors can also see the newest addition to Taronga’s Western Lowland Gorilla family, a male baby born to experienced mother, Frala, in May.

“We’re really excited that it’s a strong, healthy boy. He’s got strong neck muscles, he’s very active and alert and he’s looking around and watching the other gorillas,” said Primate Supervisor, Lou Grossfeldt.

The new infant joins seven-month-old male Mjukuu at Taronga’s Gorilla Forest. The pair represents the beginning of a second generation of Western Lowland Gorillas in the Zoo’s successful conservation breeding program for the critically endangered species.

Taronga is also hoping to continue its breeding success with Goodfellow’s Tree-kangaroos, following the arrival of a new female named Kimbe.

The nine-year-old recently arrived from Singapore Zoo as part of the global breeding program for her endangered species and can be seen exploring the trees of her exhibit below the Zoo’s top plaza.

Visitors can also do their own treetop exploring these holidays thanks to Taronga’s new high ropes adventure.

Wild Ropes gives participants the chance to navigate a series of more than 60 exciting challenges over four courses, including suspension bridges, rope climbs and zip-lines, while enjoying a bird’s eye view of Sydney Harbour and the Zoo’s Australian wildlife.

Taronga Zoo is open every day of the school holidays. For more information visit www.taronga.org.au

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