Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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Taronga update on the gradual Introduction of three new females to the group
Iris the companion dog finds a new home
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s companion dog Iris, who helped raise two hand-reared Cheetah cubs, has officially finished her role at the Zoo and been adopted by two zoo keepers, Andrew and Bobby-Jo.
Forests are vital for clean air and water, providing the earth with an ability to breathe and us with a healthy future. They also provide a place that endangered species like Orang-utan, tigers and elephants call home.
Thong Dee stacking tyres
Expectant Asian Elephant, Thong Dee is doing well as she reaches the final months of her pregnancy.
Quokka joey at Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Keepers are excited that a Quokka joey has now emerged from its mother’s pouch and is hopping around its exhibit inside the Aussie Walkthrough.
Taronga has been recognised for its efforts to end wildlife extinction, receiving the prestigious San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal at a ceremony yesterday.
It is with great sadness we inform you that Patrick our Victoria Crowned Pigeon passed away last month due to age related illnesses.
Swamp Wallaby joey
Over the past month two Swamp Wallaby joeys have emerged from their mother’s pouches and started exploring their surrounds.
National Tree Day
To celebrate National Tree Day, staff and volunteers from Taronga Western Plains Zoo came together in July to plant 220 trees in a behind the scenes area near the Black Rhinos.
Nest boxes
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has recently purchased 14 nest boxes of various sizes and shapes to provide additional homing options for Masked Owls, Little Lorikeets, Brush-tailed Possums and Micro-Bat species in the area.

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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.