Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo have been selling Tiger themed calendars across the latter half of 2010 to help raise funds for programs that assist Tigers in the wild.
These school holidays the Zoo Adventurers have gone undercover as their favourite goblins, elves, fairies and trolls to track down the dragon that has been hiding out in the Zoo.
Our Gorilla group has expanded from eight to nine, and our Primate keepers witnessed the whole birth!
There has been a changing of the guard in Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Otter group.
‘Kambiri’, our Pygmy Hippo calf, is an absolute water baby. She spends most of her day bobbing up and down in her waterhole with Mum, ‘Petre’, only coming out when it’s time to eat. At a healthy 50 kilograms, eating is her second favourite pastime!
A koala jumping from branch to branch is something that most people are surprised to see but it’s something that happens often.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog. It is my sad duty if you may, to report that on Tuesday 11th January Taronga Zoo lost its oldest Chimpanzee Bessie.
This morning Australasia’s oldest Kodiak Bear Bethyl, celebrated her 34th birthday which included a choir of Roar and Snore guests singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and a big pink birthday present.
Over the past month the Zoo has welcomed two Wapiti fawns, a female born on 11 December 2010 named Kasha meaning fur robe in Native American and a male born on 3 January 2011 named Mikasi meaning Coyote in Omaha.
Did you know that two of Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Elephants can paint?

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All #VividSydney at #VividTaronga tickets are now sold out. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and became a light for the wild!
Happy #WorldOceansDay! This exhibition launching today merges art & science to raise awareness for coral reefs: https://t.co/JEMvFSmqKT
Ticket holders for this evening’s sessions will receive an email in the morning with details for ticket exchange… https://t.co/7aejBWByM2

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.