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Education staff from Taronga Zoo and Little Penguin specialists have been out in the Manly area with local school students recently for the next stage of Project Penguin.
The last two ‘Fearless at Taronga’ programs in April were another great success. ‘Fearless at Taronga' is a short course which aims to address fears and phobias of spiders, reptiles and amphibians, through education and increased awareness.
At three months of age today our second elephant calf Pathi Harn now clocks in at a whopping 226kgs and is a healthy bundle of fun, energy and noise. He’s a really great calf with so much to learn. And learning is something that he’s doing a lot of by constantly mimicking mother Porntip, the aunts and companion, Luk Chai. Things such as watching them drink from the moat, eating pineapple tops or seeing Luk Chai balance on a log is what Pathi Harn attempts to do only moments after watching the behaviours himself.
Earlier this year I travelled to Assam in north-eastern India to visit Manas and Kaziranga National Parks on the three week trip for the Asian Rhino Project and the International Rhino Foundation to inspect work on two conservation projects the Taronga Conservation Society Australia (TCSA) is helping to fund.
There has been a lot of action amongst our Francois Langur community at Taronga. Our hand-raised female Elke has moved up to join our two new Langurs from Beijing. The pair was bought to Taronga to complete the typical harem society of Francois Langurs in the wild.
I’m feeling really happy with the progress of the overweight kookaburra. Today I weighed her, and she has dropped another 2 grams!! This puts her at a weight of 478g, which means that I am close to releasing her!!
The Wildlife Reproductive Centre (WRC), based at Taronga Western Plains Zoo applies innovative research techniques and data obtained from zoo-based populations to better understand factors contributing to population viability of key species. This includes determining population numbers and dynamics, reproductive health and well-being of individuals and populations.
In early April, a member of the public brought in a wombat which had been hit by a car. The wombat had head injuries and couldn’t use his legs correctly.
Right in the middle of yesterday’s rainstorm, the herd headed for the moat. It’s not uncommon for them to take a dip on rainy days as their moat is actually quite warm.
Today Ushindi, one of our hand-raised Cheetah born in 2008, had his annual health check. We were keen to check his development and to ensure he was fit and well.

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Public Notices

Taronga Zoo advises that an item sold during the recent Vivid festival at the Zoo poses a potential hazard if broken apart.
As part of a 10 year Centenary Master Plan upgrade, Taronga has submitted plans to build an Australian Habitat Exhibit (phase 1) which includes an overnight conservation experience called the Taronga Wildlife Retreat.
Taronga Zoo would not dissect animals for public display. Taronga’s first concern is always for the welfare and dignity of the remarkable animals in our care.
Taronga Zoo’s young male elephant, Luk Chai, 5, had some dental work on his tusks today. Taronga’s Senior Veterinarian, Dr Larry Vogelnest, said some elephants including Luk Chai, have brittle tusks that are prone to cracking and infection.