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Stay up to date with all the latest news from Taronga and important information for our Zoo Friends members.

Access our online membership system to renew or register a visit. Or, if you haven’t yet accessed this system, you’ll need to create an account.

Bellinger Turtle
Bellinger Turtle

We’re wild about saving wildlife

At Taronga, we are dedicated to securing a shared future for wildlife and people. In this edition of Taronga News, we’re shining a spotlight on the vital work being done to protect endangered species and their habitats. Meet ‘Swifty’ the Peregrine Falcon who returned to the skies after becoming injured, learn about one of our largest ever turtle releases and how you can get involved in meaningful ways by adopting an animal for Mother’s Day or participating in our annual Rubbish Run event. Plus, find out what’s slithering into Taronga this July - scroll down to uncover the exciting new habitat opening ssssoon. 

Bellinger Turtle

What's on

See you later, Swifty!

One recent wildlife case that came through our Wildlife Hospital in Sydney was ‘Swifty’, a Peregrine Falcon that was found injured while organisers were setting up for the Taylor Swift concerts at Sydney Olympic Park.

After a month-long stay at the Taronga Wildlife Hospital receiving expert care, ‘Swifty’ was able to recover from his injuries.

Largest release ever of critically endangered turtles

In a significant milestone for one of the most critically endangered species in NSW, 97 zoo-bred juvenile Bellinger River Snapping Turtles have been released into the Bellinger River on Gumbaynggirr Country in northern NSW.

This species of short-necked freshwater turtle was rescued in 2015 after a virus, now known as the Bellinger River Virus, infiltrated the river. It caused a mass mortality event which wiped out an estimated 90 per cent of the population in just six weeks.

Have you ‘herd’ our big news?!

Big changes are afoot as we plan to farewell Asian Elephants Tang Mo and Pak Boon and welcome a Rhinoceros to Taronga Zoo Sydney in mid-2025! Keep an eye on your emails over the next 12 months for details on farewell events for our beautiful girls. 

Make Mum smile, gift an animal adoption

This Mother’s Day, surprise Mum with a special Animal Adoption from her cubs. A Zoo Parent animal adoption is the gift that saves a species. 
Choose her favourite animal from eight options. 

Something is slithering into Taronga very ssssooon

It’s almost here! A brand-new Amphibian and Reptile experience is coming to Taronga Zoo this July. Get up close to over 42 species that jump, slither and crawl at Taronga’s newest animal habitat. Journey through six immersive zones that will transport you from the frosty alpine ranges to the scorching desert, to tropical rainforests and then right back to your own backyard here in Sydney. We’ll be offering you, our Zoo Friends, the opportunity to have a sneak peak before we open this habitat to all. Keep an eye on your emails towards the end of June for details of how to register

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day lunch, or dinner, at Me-gal

Celebrate Mother's Day at Taronga  with a special menu at Me-gal. Indulge in a three-course sharing menu overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour. As a Zoo Friend you get 10% off as well. Just pop ZOOFRIENDS in the promo field when you book and make sure you have your card with you on the day.

Pick it up to protect wildlife!

Over the weekend 17-19 May, join the Taronga Rubbish Run and challenge yourself to pick up as much litter and debris as you can. Not only will you create a safer environment for wildlife, but your fundraising will support Taronga’s Wildlife Hospitals! 

Tune into the World Species Congress from Taronga Zoo

Join us on Wednesday 15 May as we connect with conservationists across the globe for the first-ever World Species Congress, hosted by Reverse the Red. Pop into the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning to hear from inspiring and eye-opening conservationists PLUS you’ll have the chance to chat directly to Taronga’s team of experts who are fighting to prevent extinction. 

Member benefits

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As a Zoo Friend, you get access to a range of exclusive activities, news and events, along with 365 days unlimited Zoo access. Find out more about ALL the benefits you can access.

Discounts on special events

Access ticket discounts to our most popular events like Twilight, Christmas Concert, New Year’s Eve and many more

Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

Animal Corner

Green Sea Turtle!

  • The Green Sea Turtle  is the largest species of hard-shelled turtle and is the second largest of all sea turtles.
  • Green Sea Turtles are 91 to 122 cm long and weigh between 130 and 160kgs. 
  • Green Sea Turtles are thought to live for 60 to 70 years, reaching sexual maturity at 25 to 35 years old.
  • Green Sea Turtles live all over the world and can be found off the coasts of more than 140 countries.
  • Typically, only female Green Sea Turtles will visit shores during their lifetime, but male and female Green Sea Turtles are known to come ashore and bask in the sun on Hawaiian beaches.
  • Female Green Sea Turtles return to the same beach where they were born to nest, no matter how far it is.
Sea Turtle
Turtle colouring in
Turtle colouring in

Kids Corner

Have a great time with this month’s colouring in download!

This month we continue our 2024 colouring adventures with Green Sea Turtle! Colour in at home and get creative.

Turtle colouring in

Member hub

Manage all elements of your membership online with the Zoo Friends Membership hub. 

You'll be able to:

  • View the details of your membership group
  • Quickly register a visit to Taronga Zoo Sydney or Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
  • Renew your membership in just a few clicks
  • PLUS, have first access to exclusive member-only Taronga Experiences - coming soon!

First time accessing the membership hub?

If you are a current or lapsed member, but have not yet accessed this system, you’ll first need to create your account to manage your membership. This can only be done by the primary member, which is the person who receives email communications about your membership. They’ll need their member number (which can be found on your membership card, or in the top right corner of emails), and the email address you provided on signup.

For more information on how to create your account, visit out webpage. 

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