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Regent Honeyeater in Blue Mountains Bushwalk

Taronga visitors will join a very select group of Australians who’ve seen a flock of rare Regent Honeyeaters when they visit the Zoo this July School Holidays.

The Blue Mountains Bushwalk with its towering sandstone walls and limpid pools is home to about 50 of the tiny black and gold birds, along with over 20 other species from endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies to Dollar Birds and Turtles.

This beautiful exhibit is like a slice of the Blue Mountains bush transported to Taronga and even features modern Aboriginal rock art and a tumbling waterfall.

The Regent Honeyeaters are one of the Zoo’s Centenary Legacy species which Taronga is committing to support for the next 10 Years. They will also be breeding more Regent Honeyeaters to be released next year at Chiltern in Victoria.

Mornings are a great time to see the birds as they swoop through the bush in the exhibit, where the famous dinosaur tree, the Wollemi Pine, also grows along the cliffs.

Taronga’s new Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey, Kibbar, can be seen at Backyard to Bush nearby, occasionally exploring outside her night den.

Don’t miss the Meerkat keeper talk where the young Meerkats, Lawazi and Serati which were born in January, are learning how to behave like adults from their parents, Nairobi and Maputo.

There are over 30 free keeper talks and presentations including Taronga’s famous Seal and Free-flight Birds presentations, along with taking a ride on the Sky Safari cable car to get a bird’s eye view of the Zoo and Sydney Harbour.

The Zoo’s best view is from the Wild Ropes course where kids and adventurous parents can clamber through the four courses available, all the while overlooking the Harbour.

There are lots of exciting building projects under way too and the Kids at Work program this school holidays will offer our youngest guests the chance to design their own zoo exhibit inspired by the Zoo’s new Sumatran Tiger Adventure which is being built now.

 Everyone can be part of Taronga’s Centenary Celebrations. Guests can come in for $1 on their birthday and the ballots are still open for the Zoo’s 100th birthday party on October 7. Be inspired by your visit to share your memories of Taronga through the Zoo’s “I Grew Up With Taronga” competition.

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