Now is a great time to visit our Gorilla family! 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 ▶
Sunday & Saturday 6:45 am - 6:45 am
Discover fascinating animal and zoo facts on this leisurely guided behind the scenes walk. Occurs Sat and Sun at 6:45am.
Hippo calf at 11 weeks old
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s female Hippo calf now has a name - Kibibi meaning ‘little lady’ in Swahili. Kibibi is now 11 weeks old and has more than doubled her weight since birth.

Stage 5 Science: Eco Scientists (Ecology)

Outcomes: SC5 -14LW, SC5 - 15LW

Integrates with: GEOGRAPHY (Interconnections)

Using Taronga’s Science Conservation projects as case studies, students will develop an understanding of the need for scientific research in identifying threatened species, assess the impact of the species decline on the wider ecosystem and contribute to species recovery through the creation of their own Threatened Species Recovery Plan.

Stage 4 Science: The Web We Weave (Ecology)

Outcomes: SC5 -14LW, SC5 - 15LW

Integrates with: GEOGRAPHY (Landforms and Landscapes)

At School

Watch the videos to discover how ecosystems change when species are removed then reintroduced or even when an ecosystem is pushed too far. Investigate the role of the Platypus within its ecosystem. What are the threats it faces? How could this affect all other aspects of the ecosystems? Investigate the threats to the Booroolong Frog. If the Booroolong Frog disappeared from the ecosystem, what impact would that have on the ecosystem?

Stage 1 Science: The Bug Garden (Habitats)

Outcomes:  ST1-10LW, ST1-11LW,  ST1-4WS

ST1-5WT

Learning Across the Curriculum: Sustainability, Critical and Creative Thinking

Integrates with: Geography

 Bugs Alive! Identify the invertebrates in a garden at your school and discover if they are a pest or friend. Use microscopes at Taronga to examine the body parts of a range of invertebrates and their predators and then design a way to improve the bug balance in your garden.

Rhino poaching in 2014 a terrible record
Today is a sad day as reports out of South Africa state a record number of rhinos have been poached this year. To date, 1020 rhinos have died at the hands of poachers in South Africa alone, compared to last year when 1004 rhinos were killed.

Stage 1 Geography: The Zoo is a Special Place (Guided Tour)

Outcomes: ACHGK011

Integrates with: Science

 

Thinking of a special place to visit? The Zoo is a great case study! The open plains Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo is a place of significance to a range of people, including the traditional owners - the Wiradjuri People. Steeped in history and alive with animals and a conservation message, Taronga is a special place for all. This guided tour will allow students to decide for themselves what makes the Zoo a special place and have them thinking about the present and future role of the Zoo.

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