Visitor favourite Tuka the Komodo Dragon has been joined by two 16 month old juveniles in the exhibit next door. The two dragons arrived from Los Angeles Zoo recently. Keepers have started using lasers to train the youngsters to station at meal time as sharing dinner can get ugly. Read more about our new residents and how to train a dragon here.
Very little has been know about the Giant Armadillo until now. Taronga helps support a team of Brazilian researchers which have begun understanding the biology of this mysterious creature after extensively filming the Giant Armadillo in its natural habitat for over two years. In a world first the scientists registered the mating and birth on camera.
The impact that zoos can have on the conservation of species is limited by the amount of space and resources they can offer to house and breed each species. Zoos therefore carefully balance the resources available with the potential contribution to a species’ survival. This means that each animal in the zoo must have a clearly defined role so that the available resources go to the best possible conservation outcomes. Read more here.
Following a successful rehabilitation at the Taronga Wildlife hospital, 11 sea birds have been released off the coast of Sydney Harbour. They included a Red-tailed Tropicbird, two Little Penguins and eight Sooty Terns.
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.