Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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Approximately 195 students from eight schools in the Dubbo region converged on Taronga Western Plains Zoo yesterday to participate in the second round of Project Platypus at the Experts Day.
Taronga’s Mav, the seal, and Michie, the Sea-lion, showed all of us today just how easy it is to stop rubbish getting into the waterways.
Just four weeks ago we were excited to arrive at work and see that Umi, the Zoo’s resident female Meerkat had given birth to three little pups.
Meet Newman the Pink Galah with a sore foot.
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.

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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.