SEE THE ANIMALS
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys head Rd, Mosman Open: 9.30am-5pm every day of the holidays More: taronga.org.au
Visitors can meet the new joeys at Taronga’s Koala Encounter and Koala Walkabout exhibits. ELEPHANTS BEATING THE HEAT With temperatures climbing, fiveyear-old Asian elephant Tukta and her mother Pak Boon have wasted no time plunging into the pool in their upper paddock.
“The elephants will usually head straight for the water on hot days, submerging themselves, rolling around and even somersaulting underwater,” elephant keeper Ian Gleichman said.
“Swimming and taking baths is a major part of life for the elephants.”
A good time to see Taronga’s Asian elephant herd is during the daily keeper talk from 1.15pm. SOARING GINA THE EAGLE Visitors to Taronga’s Free Flight Bird Show should keep an eye out for a special bird in the sky this summer.
Gina the wedge-tailed eagle, who was found in the wild unable to fly, has begun flying regularly in the noon presentation after completing a physical training program strengthening her flight muscles.
“Wildlife rehabilitators had tried to release her multiple times but Gina was unable to support herself in flight over long distances,” said keeper Brendan Host. “Her persistence has paid off, she truly is inspiring, so if you have the chance I’d strongly recommend you come by.”
Taronga’s famous Free Flight Bird Show is on at noon and 3pm daily. LEMUR ADVENTURES Taronga’s eight lively ring-tailed lemurs are swinging into action at the zoo’s Lemur Forest Adventure.
Young visitors can follow a trail winding through dense forest gardens to discover sensory-based information, then explore a series of new play structures and mimic the behaviour of the lemurs living in the adjacent exhibit.