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As Valentine’s Day nears closer, love is in the air at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
Umi, the super mum has given birth to another litter of pups, with one male and one female, born on 15 December 2012.
Get some tips from our Zoo Keepers to help keep your pets cool at home in the summer heat!
There have been a number of welcome new additions to our Zoo this year. With the school summer holidays coming up, now is a great time to come and meet the new youngsters which are growing up fast!
The Ghost Bats have settled into their new exhibit in the Australia’s Nightlife prescinct, and have been joined by a new arrival.
The pair has grown considerably, and are almost unrecognisable! This beautiful duo, named Dragon and Phoenix, are now completely covered in feathers, and have fully developed wings that are allowing them to begin flying.
Fireworks ring in the New Year with colourful and spectacular visual displays but are also accompanied with noise.
We’re pleased to report that elephant keeper, Lucy Melo, returned to work at Taronga Zoo in the week before Christmas.
This week Taronga Western Plains Zoo received six young Tasmanian Devils bred at its sister Zoo, Taronga, in Sydney.

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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.