Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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You may have seen the massive tanks that house Taronga’s Platypus at Wild Australia, but you’d never guess what infrastructure lies above it. A network of tunnels and nest boxes make up 20 meters of burrows that the platypus’ call home. This incredible egg laying mammal has different nest boxes for different activities, much the same way that we have a bedroom, kitchen and lounge room. Find out more about their home here.
At Taronga there are three main type of enrichment activities we give the animals to keep them happy and active. They are smell and food based activities and what Zoo keepers call ‘mechanical enrichment’ which are items that the animals can play with or pull apart. Variety is the spice of life, and Carnivore Keeper Deb has some great tips to keeps your pets happy and active at home here.
Taronga’s Small -clawed Otters which live along the Rainforest Trail are always great fun to watch. There never seems to be a quiet moment as they’re in and out of the water. Being incredibly intelligent and social animals the keepers constantly have to comeup with new ideas to keep them active and content. Read this story by Otter Keeper Jordan to learn about the mischievous trio – Houdini, Soa and Bising.
On a foggy morning in Dubbo, staff from Taronga Western Plains Zoo arrived early to prepare to load nine month old Giraffe, Fanana on a truck ready for the start of his journey to New Zealand.
A year ago Kibali our new adolescent gorilla arrived at Taronga Zoo from France. A year on, Kibali has celebrated another birthday in March turning 12 and keepers are seeing lots of changes in this young male gorilla.
They’ve got some of the foulest breath of any animal in the Zoo. They’ve got a fearsome reputation, with folklore suggesting they can kill men with their breath alone, possess spiritual powers to cause untold sickness and can spit their venom and leap several metres in the air to attack ...and we’ve just hatched out four of them!
When you think large raptors visions of prehistoric beasts from the pages of ‘Jurassic Park’ may come to mind, however raptors also refers to a specialised group of birds, named for their powerful gripping feet. The largest of those found in Australia is the Wedge-tailed eagle, sporting an incredible wingspan of 2.2m tip to tip. If you’ve not seen one, you are missing out, but luckily to witness these birds in flight you won’t need to travel back 65 million years, you can visit us down at the Bird Show and meet our newest addition, a 12-month old male Wedge-tail.
Keepers have been kept busy lately with lots of new arrivals and on Wednesday 19 June another baby was welcomed at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, when a male Giraffe calf was born.
The Zoo’s White Rhino calf which was born on 14 May 2013 has been named Macheo, meaning 'sunrise' in Swahili.
Over the past six years I have been involved in the conservation efforts in Sumatra to help save the Sumatran Rhino species from extinction.

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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.