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Franklin the Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal has decided one of Taronga’s keepers is his new mother.
Zoo Grooves tickets are now on sale. Get your hands on the hottest ticket in town for this annual concert event during the October long weekend, Saturday 1 October 2011, at Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s African Picnic Ground.
Happy the Hippo has a big problem. His tusks are growing in the wrong direction and causing him discomfort as they get too long. To fix this problem we used to anesthetise Happy and cut his tusks down, but to ensure this problem doesn’t occur again Happy is learning a new skill!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s male African Lion, Jasiri, has celebrated his 12th birthday.
Today was the first warm afternoon in weeks and how exciting it was to be previewing Taronga’s newest precinct development – Tahr Mountain link. This is the magnificent new boardwalk that meanders from the new chimp exhibit all the way down to the African walkway, with glorious views of Sydney Harbour along the way. It will make exploring the Zoo a much more seamless journey for all our visitors, with the added pleasure of a really stunning scenic route.
On the 9th of August 2011, Taronga Zoo participated in the release of 153 eggs and 45 tadpoles of the endangered Northern Corroboree Frog into natural habitat in the Northern Brindabella Range.
Pez, the hero of several previous blogs, is our peppy little Australian Hobby, a whole bunch of fun and our newest star, having just debuted in the Bird Show a couple of weeks ago.
Taronga is home to 67 of the smallest gliding mammals in the world, the Feather-tail Glider. How do we tell all of these tiny critters apart?
In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, Taronga celebrated wildlife and the ingenuity of Australians by launching the Taronga Green Grants. We asked a simple question “with $50,000 and access to 1.6 million people a year, what would you do to make Australia a safer place for wildlife?”.
Today I took a look at something quite unexpected, ‘Angus’ the Rufous Owl had laid an egg. No, he hadn’t defied the odds and become the first male to take on the hatching role. He, we discovered, is actually a she, and has now been renamed ‘Agnes’.

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Our Pygmy Hippo calf has a name! Kambiri’s little lady has been named Kamina: https://t.co/7bVl5LTpFG https://t.co/KoeDEeWTvj
Todays #EarthOptimism summit celebrates & shares solutions to the worlds #environment problems. Whats your idea? https://t.co/TaqaAmjQ4s
Great illustration by Jaimee Paul of Fennec Fox Zinder who lives at Taronga https://t.co/WdKY93MXEO https://t.co/6X8iG5JQmS

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.