These last few weeks have delivered some extreme weather in Sydney, from hot and dry days to torrential rain and cold winds. Days like these can disrupt the routine of the Keeper, as sometimes the chimps quite simply do not want to go outside!
The 2013 Great Barrier Reef coral spawn is off to a racing start! Last night the first species of coral started sending out egg and sperm bundles to kick off the only reproductive event that can be seen from space.
Tucked away in a breeding enclosure, one of the smallest animals in the zoo has just quietly produced the newest generation of tiny offspring. Red-tailed Phascogales are Dasyurids, or carnivorous marsupials related to Tasmanian Devils.
Given its namesake, it’s not surprising that Taronga’s Bird Show boasts a wide variety of birds, from hawks to parrots to vultures and even chickens. But along with those stars of a feathered variety are of course our rats.
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’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.