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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.
A family hen, large egg and inquisitive boy lead to an egg-normous scientific finding!
With six new infant chimpanzees at the Tchimpounga sanctuary this year, the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo is almost overflowing. In order to reduce the number of chimpanzees removed from the wild and brought to the sanctuary, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is focusing its efforts on community-based education.
Recently, Sam and I were lucky enough to help with the release of four more chimpanzees on Tchindzoulou Island.
Backyard to Bush’s newest arrival is a 3 year old male miniature goat. He is stylish, good looking and the girls love him... so what better name for him than Gucci!

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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.