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Here at Taronga, we aim to continually improve our animal habitats while striving to enhance the experience for our guests.

You might come across some construction work when you visit Taronga Zoo. Most of our 4,000 animals of 322 species can be seen as usual.

Closures & changes:

Short-term closures & changes:

  • On Tuesday 19th July Taronga Zoo will be closing at 3.30pm due to an operational drill. The 3:00pm QBE Free-flight Bird Show and 3:30pm Koala Keeper Talk will be cancelled for that day. All guests will need to be out of Zoo grounds by this time. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Building a Better Zoo 

To continually enrich your visits to the Zoo we need to invest in the future - we need to work on improving our animal habitats and deliver experiences that influence positive behaviour change to support the future of our wildlife. Click here for more information. 

During this time, these animals cannot be seen: 

  • Lions 
  • Sumatran Tigers (may be seen at Taronga Western Plains Zoo)
  • Orang-utan (Our much-loved Orang-utans, Jantan and Willow, have temporarily moved behind the scenes. In the meantime, the off-exhibit night areas of the current Orang-utan exhibit will be used as important neutral territory during the introduction process of new chimpanzees. The Orang-utans will continue to receive daily enrichment and training sessions).
  • Disruptions to the regular daily routine for our Chimpanzees:
    Taronga Zoo has welcomed new female Chimpanzees to be introduced to our world renowned community. This can be a very long and complex process. These new individuals have to form friendships and alliances within smaller groups before being accepted by the entire community. This is a time of great excitement and tension for our community. As a result, there will be disruptions to the regular daily routine for our Chimpanzees. For more information, click here.

We thank you for your understanding during these very exciting times and look forward to welcoming you back to our amazing new experiences in the future.