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In the last fortnight, 14 Sooty Terns believed to be from the Lord Howe Island Breeding colonies have been admitted to our Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
There are some great icicles you can make and store ready for that really hot day to make life a little easier for your dog. They’re also a whole lot of fun too. Mixes such as pet milk watered down, some squished sardines and water are great and cheap too. A little harder to source, but definitely worth the effort are blood icicles. Depending what type of fresh meat you purchase for your pet, you may be able to collect some blood each time and put aside for use.
Are animals in the wild happier?? Taronga takes its responsibilities for animal welfare very seriously. We acknowledge the wild nature of animals in our care. This compels us to provide the type of environment and diverse experiences that the animal’s biology has evolved to expect and to cope with. We understand that zoos cannot truly replicate the wild but, as far as possible, we can reproduce the animal’s natural environment and take into consideration the animal’s behavioural and physiological needs.
It’s been a year since George the Loggerhead Turtle was released off Lord Howe Island, yet the Taronga Wildlife Hospital is still keeping an eye on him!
Visitors at the giraffes were delighted not only to see Taronga’s tallest animals, but also to be serenaded by Darren Percival, The Voice Australia runner-up!
For Zoo visitors, it was quite a treat to celebrate this traditional Chinese and popular Australian event and see the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore and the Taronga Foundation Chairman, Maurice Newman, embrace their wild side, handling some of the Zoo’s more scaly animals – all under the watchful eyes of the Zoo keepers, of course.
The African Lion, Lazarus, who arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in November 2012, recently made his debut on exhibit.
Taronga Zoo has welcomed new residents into its growing wildlife community with the birth of three Fennec Fox kits, the first litter to be born to a new breeding pair from Europe.
This week Taronga Wildlife Hospital was given the rare opportunity to release a Westland Petrel, Red listed by Birdlife international as a vulnerable species, back into the wild!
After having the opportunity to chat to the volunteer palaeontologists, I was looking forward to spending a day at the zoo seeing the new Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibition.

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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.