Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, NSW is one of Australia's greatest open range zoos and home to incredible creatures from all over the world, including rare and endangered animals like the Black Rhinoceros and the Cheetah! Explore by bike, cart, foot or car and discover the many different animals roaming our wide open plains.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo plays an important role in wildlife conservation here and around the world, and your support helps us continue this vital work.Click the buttons below to learn more about our Zoo Babies, Zoo Games, Hospital and Conservation programs.
Ring-tailed Lemurs are native to the island of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa. Ring-tailed Lemurs have a distinct black and white banded tail with a grey coat on the main part of their body. They also have a ring around the top of their head, eyes and muzzle which is black.
Ring-tailed Lemurs are vegetarian and find virtually all their food in the trees. Their diet consists mainly of fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers and bark. Ring-tailed Lemurs differ from other Lemur species in that they travel on the ground and in the trees. They prefer broad horizontal limbs to the thin, less stable branches.
Ring-tailed Lemurs are quite small weighing 2 – 3.5kgs and are 40 – 60cm in length, this doesn’t include their tail which can be up to 60cm long!
My first keeper job has been at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and I have been working here for four years. I care for a variety of animals on a daily basis including Giraffe, White Rhino, Hippo and Zebra to name a few.
I love my job as I really like being a part of something bigger than myself or the Zoo. I educate visitors about the plights animals are facing in the wild and the small things that we can do to help them.
Over the four years that I have been at the Zoo I have had so many fantastic moments. I felt really special when I found two healthy new born Przewalski’s Horse foals born only a few days apart, I have a soft spot for these animals.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has welcomed the arrival of three Cheetah cubs. The cubs were born in the early hours of October 25, 2013 and are the first litter from father, Kebeni, and mother, Halla, heralding not only a great breeding achievement but creating a new genetic bloodline for the Zoo’s Cheetahs.
Keepers welcomed the arrival of a male Addax calf on 6 November 2013, but unfortunately its mother passed away at birth so the keepers stepped in to raise this little calf.Click here to find out more!
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