Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is 40 years old this year!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo was officially opened on 28 February 1977 by NSW Governor, Sir Roden Cutler. At the time the Zoo had 33 large enclosures housing 400 animals, with a labour force of 17. The first year of operation saw 178,148 visitors to the Zoo.
Today Taronga Western Plains Zoo has a workforce of around 300 and is home to over 600 rare and endangered animals from around the world. Over 250,000 people visited last financial year, with almost 40,000 people spending the night in the Zoo.
From its beginnings as a large open plains zoo complementing sister zoo, Taronga in Sydney, it has become a renowned centre for wildlife care, conservation, education and research.
The Zoo’s most widely recognised successes have been in the area of breeding endangered species including Black Rhinoceros, Przewalski’s Horse, African Wild Dogs and Cheetah.
In recent years Taronga Western Plains Zoo has won the Australian Tourism Award for Best Attraction and also Unique Accommodation.
When you visit on your birthday you’ll get a special birthday badge to wear and keep as a memento. It also means all of us at the Zoo will know it’s your birthday!
During your visit, enjoy our new arrivals including lion cubs, cheetah cubs and Asian elephant calf, as well as our new tour – the Savannah Safari!