Port Jackson Sharks arrive at Taronga Find Out More
Securing a shared future for wildlife and people Watch the Video
4 out of 5 species of Rhino are in critical danger Find Out More
Recently keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo welcomed Tambo, a one year old male Bongo, to Dubbo from Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Tambo has come to Dubbo to join resident Bongo bachelor Kulungu, who is four years old, and has been at the Zoo since 2011.
Keepers are seeing a changing of the guard within the Meerkat group at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, as the 11 year old dominant female Umi starts to show her age.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has won a Silver Award for Best Attraction and Bronze Award for Unique Accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards gala ceremony held in Adelaide on Friday 10 April 2015.

Stage 2-5: National Science Week

Science Week

National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge Australian scientists’ contributions to the world of knowledge, encouraging interest in scientific pursuits and getting younger people fascinated by the world in which we live. Taronga employs a variety of scientists including zoologist, veterinarians, pathologists and reproductive biologists to undertake research both in-situ and ex-situ. Celebrate Conservation Science at Taronga Western Plains Zoo this year, with a focus on this year’s theme Light and Waves.

Stage 4 & 5 Enclosure Design

 Also, Personal and Social Capability.

This program can be delivered to meet outcomes explicit to subject areas or as part of an Integrated Unit of work across Design and Technology, Science and English.  The central theme to the project is “How do we design exhibits at Taronga which support the Animal Welfare Charter and the Zoo’s vision to “Secure a Shared Future for Wildlife and People”.  Through delivering integrated curriculum we strive to enrich student learning through providing rich, authentic and contextual learning experiences.

Book Week

Book Week


Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year with the Book Week theme Books Light Up Our World. Book Week is celebrated each year to acknowledge the wonderful role that books and stories play in our lives. It showcases new and exciting Australian books and authors and highlights how important reading is. To celebrate 2015 Book Week, Taronga Western Plains Zoo is joining with the Macquarie Regional Library to deliver programs this year!

Threatened Species Day at Taronga Western Plains


Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year in September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. It is a time to reflect on what happened in the past and how we can protect our threatened species in the future. At Taronga Western Plains Zoo, it is a day for us to celebrate our conservation success stories and partnerships and ongoing threatened species recovery work.