From a pop-up shark exhibit to a festival celebrating all things feathered, there’s lots of new things to see and do at Taronga Zoo these school holidays.
Taronga’s Seal Cove exhibit is hosting a small group of Port Jackson Sharks, a type of Bullhead Shark found around southern Australia, as part of an exciting study seeking to unlock the secrets of shark society.
Researchers have fitted the sharks with transmitters and accelerometers on their dorsal fins to collect data on their behaviour, movements and interactions in Taronga’s specially-modified exhibit.
“We hope this exhibit will give visitors a window into Taronga’s research activities and also encourage a greater appreciation for these mysterious and often misunderstood marine animals,” said Taronga Researcher, Dr Jo Day.
The Port Jackson Sharks will be at Taronga through to early November before they are released back into the wild where their transmitters will continue to send valuable research data.
Other new faces at the Zoo include a pair of Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby joeys that have recently emerged from the pouch in the Platypus Pools exhibit.
They are part of Taronga’s successful breeding program for the endangered species, the two joeys are popping out of the pouch more often to the delight of keepers and visitors.
Taronga will also be hosting a celebration of all things feathered on land, in the air and in the water when the Taronga Bird Festival returns from 28 September – 1 November.
There’ll be something for bird watchers of all ages to enjoy, with a range of daily bird talks, bird tours and bird-themed activities. Free presentations will include a Cassowary Talk, Penguin Talk and Pelican Talk, along with a series of guided bird walks and Taronga’s famous Free Flight Bird Presentation at 12pm and 3pm daily.
Visitors can also enjoy a bird’s eye view of Taronga this spring thanks to a new high ropes adventure, Wild Ropes.
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 taking in views of Australian animals, such as koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.
Taronga Zoo is open every day of the spring school holidays. For more information visit www.taronga.org.au