SEE THE AN­I­MALS

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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.

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