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Last Friday was an interesting day for the Bird Show crew.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has been nominated as a finalist in two categories at the 2011 NSW Inland Tourism Awards.
Meerkats love peanuts and mealworms. Even with strong winds whistling across their sandy exhibit, the little desert-dwellers, rushed out on Tuesday morning to find peanuts – two each – hidden throughout the exhibit.
It is hard to believe that already two years has passed since Australia’s first elephant calf was born. Today, the 4th of July is Luk Chai’s 2nd birthday!!
Artist and teacher Michael Herron visited Taronga Western Plains Zoo as part of the Taronga Foundation’s Artist in Residence program.
If wild populations of Sumatran Tigers didn’t already face enough threats, new road construction may be another risk.
On 29 June 30 Little Penguins took flight for Germany’s Wuppertal Zoo from Taronga’s Great Southern Oceans exhibit. Although the actual flying was done on a commercial aircraft, the move established the first coordinated global breeding program for Little Penguins outside Australia and was possible due to the outstanding success of the Zoo’s breeding programs for the tiny aquatic birds.
Our four Oriental Small-clawed otters not only like to be kept busy, but they like to have fun too! Our family of otters consists of Dad “Arnie”, named after Arnold Schwarzenegger because he looked big, strong and muscular. The other three otters are his off-spring. The eldest is female Bising with younger brothers Soa and Houdini.
The 3rd project day was an amazing day, we added the final touches to our project (we think it looks awesome)
It’s now over 15 months since we released these almost-extinct birds back to their Ironbark Forest habitat at Chiltern, in Victoria, as part of the recovery program and it has flown over 100 kilometres to Holbrook! This is the second bird to be spotted alive and well over a year after the release. The first bird is still being recorded in Chiltern mixing with wild Regents.



Happy International Zoo Keeper Day to all of our hard working and dedicated Zoo Keepers!
During a Little Penguin release last December we accidentally let go of more than just penguins.
Our new Seal Presentation has certainly been causing a splash! Check it out this long weekend

Public Notices

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.
Taronga's male elephant Luk Chai is being seen by an expert elephant dentist tomorrow to check out his teeth and tusks. Luk Chai has especially small brittle tusks which, through normal play he damages and has suffered recurrent infections.
Taronga is having an important safety evacuation drill after 3pm on Monday 8 December and all staff and visitors will be evacuated.
Taronga’s commitment to all animals in its care includes the provision of a stimulating and rich environment full of challenges and activities.