Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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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’.
Being a volunteer keeper is an amazing experience, not only do I get to come to the zoo whenever I want, but I get to make a difference in the day of the animals at the zoo.
Having recently being awarded a 2011 Churchill Fellowship to visit other wildlife organisations and Zoos around the world.
The Zoo’s Project Platypus is going from strength to strength! The five schools involved in the first round are already well and truly under way creating messages to help protect Platypus populations in the wild and to educate people about the importance of the environment.
Our Australian wildlife keepers have proudly announced a very special new arrival, a Glossy Black Cockatoo chick.
The primate keepers will tell you, there’s something about Mary the Mueller’s Gibbon. She is undisputedly the Queen of Taronga Zoo, and at the ripe old age of 52, she has certainly earned the title.
Last Friday was an interesting day for the Bird Show crew.

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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.