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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.
Turning one is a big milestone for a baby and Lima the Siamang Ape baby has reached it this month.
There was a buzz in the air as our guests arrived, cameras clicking and smiles all round. With the spectacular view of Sydney Harbour in the background, this was clearly going to be an exciting event as the finalists for Tourism Australia’s The Best Jobs in the World competition joined keepers in the Bird Show amphitheatre. To greet them, there was myself and some other members of the Taronga team, including a Diamond Python, Short-beaked Echidna, White-tailed Cockatoo and my counterpart “Nangaw”, the Powerful Owl.
Taronga Zoo is home to six Australian File Snakes. You may have walked past them in Reptile World but may have not stopped to appreciate how amazing they are. They live in fresh water and their rough scales help them hold fast on to fish that become a meal. Even more fascinating is that they can devour a whole fish in 15 seconds! See the video of them during mealtime here.
Taronga Zoo celebrates NAIDOC week for three weeks every year, providing an opportunity for visitors to discover more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture and their connections to animals.

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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.