Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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People often look at me a bit oddly when I say that I love vultures but I don’t see what’s not to love! Saturday September 3 is International Vulture Awareness day and despite the fact that Australia doesn’t have any native vultures, Aussies need to be aware of their importance and their plight in the wild.
A lucky juvenile Green Turtle splashed back into the ocean at Port Stephens this week after lifesaving care at Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital.
Approximately 195 students from eight schools in the Dubbo region converged on Taronga Western Plains Zoo yesterday to participate in the second round of Project Platypus at the Experts Day.
Taronga’s Mav, the seal, and Michie, the Sea-lion, showed all of us today just how easy it is to stop rubbish getting into the waterways.
Just four weeks ago we were excited to arrive at work and see that Umi, the Zoo’s resident female Meerkat had given birth to three little pups.
Meet Newman the Pink Galah with a sore foot.
Franklin the Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal has decided one of Taronga’s keepers is his new mother.
Zoo Grooves tickets are now on sale. Get your hands on the hottest ticket in town for this annual concert event during the October long weekend, Saturday 1 October 2011, at Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s African Picnic Ground.
Happy the Hippo has a big problem. His tusks are growing in the wrong direction and causing him discomfort as they get too long. To fix this problem we used to anesthetise Happy and cut his tusks down, but to ensure this problem doesn’t occur again Happy is learning a new skill!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s male African Lion, Jasiri, has celebrated his 12th birthday.

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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.