Furry Friends – New Arrivals
Monarto Zoo – The zoo’s female rhino, Umqali, gave birth to an adorable male calf, on ANZAC day, mother and baby are doing well.
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary – Two lovely female Southern Brown Bandicoots joeys are the newest members of the Warrawong family. The siblings are now on display.
Alma Park Zoo – Double the celebrations with the birth of twin Marmoset babies to first time parents Carla and Pedro. The mischievous South American monkeys are one of the zoo’s most popular attractions.
Taronga Zoo – Little Keo-co, critically highly endangered bright orange Francois Leaf- monkey baby has made his debut at the zoo, and is now on exhibit with his mother, ‘Saigon’ and father, ‘Hanoi’ and aunt, Malee.
Australia Zoo – The birth of a super cute baby Southern White Rhino is exiting news for the endangered species. Mother, Caballe, and her not so little girl (the calf was born weighing a hefty 60 kilos) are doing extremely well.
Taronga Zoo – A feisty, but shy Red Panda Cub named ‘Seba’, meaning ‘reward’ in Nepalese, has been showing his face to Zoo visitors. Seba is the 45th of the vulnerable species to be born at Taronga since 1977
A taste of Taronga
Taronga’s heritage-listed main entrance building has been restored to its former Edwardian glory as part of its newly developed Main Entrance Plaza, a free access area where you can get a taste of this famous Zoo.
As part of the development you’ll encounter beautiful artworks by indigenous artists, free zoo wildlife exhibits, can browse the zoo shop, enjoy a meal or a coffee at the Café Terrace and even get a glimpse of the wetland birds while you prepare your day at the zoo.
Zoo Friends members also have a dedicated area in the historic Tram Shed, opposite the Main Entrance building, and this space has been transformed into a bright and welcoming area exclusively for them. Visit Taronga Zoo’s website for more information.
Antarctic Experience in Melbourne
The new Penguin Passport at Melbourne Aquarium is your ticket to a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a colony of sub-Antarctic penguins. Get suited up in the supplied snow gear for a fantastic 45 minute tour behind the scenes of the Penguin exhibit as well as an on the ice experience where you can sit among majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins. Tours take place Friday to Monday at 1 and 2 pm and bookings are recommended.
Magic Moments at Healesville Sanctuary
Healesville sanctuary are offering magical, memorable wildlife experiences to treasure forever with their new magic moment passes. Simply purchase a magic moment with your entry ticket and enjoy a ten minute close encounter with one of your favourite Aussie animals, accompanied by a Wild Encounters Ranger. At only $10 per person or $30 for a family of four (two adults and two children) this is an unforgettable experience that will touch your heart without emptying your wallet.
A new boyfriend for ‘Conchetta’
Alma Park Zoos recently returned Cotton-top Tamarin, ‘Conchetta,’ has a new mate ‘Manny’ as part of an international breeding programme for the species. After being alone for the last 5 months Conchetta was overjoyed to make Manny’s acquaintance and the two have been inseparable since his arrival.
The critically endangered primate was stolen from Alma Park Zoo late last year in an incident that saw her mate ‘Tonto’ killed and Conchetta stolen. Happily she was found and returned to her home in good health in March.
Snow much fun at Sea World
Sea World has welcomed another twelve King and Gentoo penguins to its newest exhibit, ‘Penguin Encounter’ and, with as much as five tonnes of snow being creating daily in the spectacular exhibit, the playful penguins should feel right at home.
Both species of penguin are important ambassadors for climate change and Sea World hopes to educate visitors about the effects of climate change on the penguins natural habitat with the educational $12 million Penguin Encounter exhibit offering a slice of Antarctic at Sea World.
Enjoy some fun on the farm with a Mowbray Park pre-booked day visit. Not only can you spend some time getting to know the friendly faces on the farm and spend time at the nursery feeding the animals and milking the cow, you could also learn to crack a stock whip, throw a boomerang or cook some damper around the fire. Or you might prefer to head off on a trail ride, feed the cattle or horses or try your hand at archery, canoeing, and tennis.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Echidna Breeding: Love is in the air at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with 5 echidna breeding pairs being introduced to each other earlier this month.
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