Taronga’s Bird Keepers are celebrating the hatching of a very precious Andean Condor chick. The parents Connie and Bruce are the only breeding pair in Australasia and Bird Keepers were hopeful that this breeding season the pair would produce two offspring.
The bush rat (also known as the Bogul) is predicted to have become extinct in Sydney over ninety years ago with the arrival of the first fleet. European people are thought to have damaged and destroyed a lot of the bushland habitat around Sydney (in which the bogul was situated) and may also have killed the Bogul in mistake for the black rat.
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.