The Cross River Gorilla is a highly elusive species that lives on the Cross River that straddles the Nigeria and Cameroon Border. Sadly this species is on the cusp of extinction with the biggest threat being hunting. Taronga financially contributes to a project to protect this magnificent animal. During 2012 over 35 patrols removed more than 3000 snares and 1000 bullet casings. Read the full update on this project here.
Qwikila our new Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo is proving herself to be quite a character. The adult female arrived from Belfast Zoo earlier this year as part of the international breeding program for this endangered species. Even though she hasn’t been at Taronga for long, keepers report that she has settled in well and been busy making the most of the Australian sun. Find out more about this important new female, here.
For those who are not familiar with Take 3, we are a not for profit group (real people - surfers, divers and beach lovers ) promoting a simple message -"Take 3” pieces of rubbish when you leave the beach, waterway or anywhere. Our mantra is "Pick it up Bin it Take 3 for the Sea"
Food is a way to a gorilla’s heart and it doesn't matter what age you are.... Kipenzi, our youngest gorilla, is not only finding her independence and giving Kriba her mother a little more exercise around the exhibit these days, but she is really starting to find her way around the food we provide on a daily basis.
Taronga carnivore keeper Justine normally cares for some of the Zoo’s most dangerous animals, but she has used her Zoo friends Fellowship to trek the jungles of Brazil to help conserve the elusive Lowland Tapir.
Little Charlie the Koala joey is the first Koala joey to emerge at Taronga Zoo this year. He is approximately six months old and is becoming more adventurous as he is spending larger amounts of time outside of his mum’s pouch.
What do the Water Police, La Trobe University and the Royal Australian Air Force have in common? Give up? Well, they all have a Wedge-tailed Eagle as their emblem, and when you check out the pictures of our new Wedgie, it’s not hard to see why.
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’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.