Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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Reproductive Biologist storing coral samples
For the sixth year running Taronga Western Plains Zoo has played a pivotal role in the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef storing coral sperm samples in the frozen zoo in Dubbo.
Quokka joey
Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are delighted by the emergence of a Quokka joey from its mother’s pouch recently.
This summer has been one of the hottest in recent memory with temperatures soaring in Sydney, a fact that isn’t lost on Taronga’s elephants and their keepers.
Building a better zoo: the new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo
An immersive overnight wildlife education experience that brings you face to face with Australia’s magnificent native animals: introducing the Taronga Wildlife Retreat.
Sabai meets Luk Chai
Sabai is going from strength to strength and was recently introduced to his brother Luk Chai
Describe a typical day in the life of a gorilla keeper at Taronga Zoo... Working with the gorillas always makes for a busy day!
Ring-tailed Lemur babies now three month old
The two sets of Ring-tailed Lemur twins born in October 2016 are growing and developing rapidly under the watchful eye of their mothers.
Dentist visit for Tasmanian Devil
In January, Specialist Veterinary Dentist, Dr David Clarke visited Taronga Western Plains Zoo to perform dental procedures on a nine year old resident Dingo and a four year old Tasmanian Devil which recently arrived at the Zoo.
Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings turn three
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings, Turbo and Peńa, the most recent Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings born at the Zoo, are turning three years old this week.
Whether you’re a native Sydneysider or exploring the city for the first time, you’re likely to spend a day at Taronga Zoo over the summer holidays. But did you know that you can sleep here too?

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Public Notices

Update on three year old White Rhino Macheo
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.