Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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It's not every day that you come face to face with Australia's largest bird of prey, but a group of kids from our Zoo Adventures program can now boast that they got up-close to this striking new Zoo arrival.
Come behind the scenes at Black Rhino and learn about the what the Zoo's keepers and veterinary team are doing to help this species.
What does the Platypus and the Opera House have in common? Give up? Well visitors to Taronga Zoo are finding out thanks to some volunteers who have been shedding some light on the elusive creatures.
Over the past four months Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital has seen a number of injured birds relating to gunshot wounds.
As one of Taronga Zoo’s Indigenous Discovery Hosts, I have been given the amazing privilege of co-presenting a specially written and adapted Taronga Free Flight Bird Show for NAIDOC to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
The soulful sounds of a saxophone echoed across the Zoo this morning, when Steve, one of the Elephant Keepers put on a solo performance for Casey our Leopard Seal.
Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo have recently observed a male koala joey fully emerging from mum Lilli Pilli's pouch.
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.

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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.