Get your toes tapping to the sounds of jazz at Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Jazz at the Zoo.
Date: Saturday 13th August 2011
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Where: Savannah Function Centre
Tickets: $20 per person
Visitor Services Volunteer
Taronga currently has vacancies for the exciting role of Visitor Services Volunteer within our Visitor Services area. The purpose of the role is to provide information and interpretation to zoo visitors through the information centre, touch tables, spot guiding and meet and greet functions; and assist with the improvement of the visitor experience through visitor surveys.
Taronga Zoo’s Cassowaries can now be seen in their refurbished rainforest exhibit.
The male and female Cassowaries are sharing separate parts of the exhibit as keepers prepare to move them back together for breeding.
Bird Supervisor Michael Shiels says that the last Cassowary hatched at Taronga was in 1986, so this is the first breeding pair at Taronga in nearly 30 years.
Last year, the pair laid eggs, however the clutch was infertile, so Taronga keepers are hoping for a more successful result this year.
Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with breakfast or lunch overlooking the beautiful Savannah Lake at Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Savannah Function Centre.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast overlooking the Primate Islands followed by a walking tour to see some of the Zoo’s animals including African Wild Dog, Meerkats and Galapagos Tortoise with a guide.
Walking past the Sun Bear exhibit and watching the bears rest, climb or forage it’s hard to imagine Mr. Hobbs had a very sad and frightening beginning to his life.
In 1995 Mr. Hobbs was born in a Cambodian forest. While he was still a very young cub he was taken from the wild and his mother despite fierce efforts to protect the cub from harm.
Taronga Zoo has very different policies on animal care than the Copenhagen Zoo.
Taronga breeds to defined animal population targets and rarely encounters a situation where an excess of animals occurs.
Where animals need to leave its breeding programs, the zoo seeks to re-home them.
Recently, when a new male Silverback Gorilla was imported to establish the next generation in Taronga’s conservation breeding program, the zoo conducted an international search and eventually re-homed its aging male Gorilla to Mogo Zoo, along with senior females and their offspring.
Volunteer Retirement Club Coordinator Volunteer – People and Learning
Taronga currently has a vacancy for a volunteer retirement club coordinator, working with our volunteer management team, this volunteer will help us create an engaging retirement club for Taronga’s long serving volunteers by coordinating and running social events and keeping this special group connected with the zoo to which they have contributed so much.
The purpose of the role is to:
The penguins, named Audrey and Clover, by Taronga veterinary staff during their rehabilitation at the Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital were released in quick succession right into the water at Long Reef Beach.
After a final check, Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital manager, Libby Hall, gently placed Audrey into the water and where the penguin quickly swam away, but soon was seen hovering in the surf further out, apparently waiting for Clover, who soon joined her
“At this time of year penguins can travel long distances, up to 500 kilometres out to sea.
Taronga Zoo has recently received 12 female Squirrel Monkeys from a Zoo in France.
They will soon be introduced to our young male, Chico in the coming weeks, when they’ve completed quarantine.
Although Squirrel Monkeys aren't endangered, Taronga Zoo still has a commitment to the regional breeding program and with Chico ready for breeding he will certainly have his hands full with his new females.