For the first time in Taronga’s 103-year-history, Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo have gone virtual, with the launch of Taronga TV.

Tune in daily for a packed schedule of fascinating keepers talks and shows, 24/7 live animal streams, amusing animal antics and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at what the animals (and the keepers) actually get up to when the zoo is closed. There is also resources available for teachers and for parents who are home schooling and looking for fun and educational content for their children.

“Taronga has, and always will, be a critical part of the community and while temporarily we won’t be welcoming guests on site, we are so proud to continue to deliver some of the amazing stories from our two zoos right into your home,” said Cameron Kerr, Chief Executive of Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

“There’s so much for guests to experience when exploring our two zoos, but there’s also so much that goes on behind-the-scenes that normally goes unseen. From watching how our keepers care for and form close bonds with their animals to the vital conservation work that helps safeguard some of our most precious native wildlife. This is our chance to share some great stories, like what goes on behind the doors of our two hospitals where are critical care work continues, while also providing entertaining and educating content for those at home.”

“We’re so excited to keep people up to date on what’s happening at Taronga through Taronga TV before we welcome everyone back when our gates reopen again,” he said.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said Taronga TV was a fantastic initiative to help encourage connection while also shining a light on the importance of wildlife conservation. “During this challenging time while our kids (and big kids) are doing the right thing and staying at home, it is great that their visit to the zoo can still go ahead,” he said.

“I hope everyone takes the opportunity to connect and share in the great stories that are Taronga’s unique wildlife. Taronga TV will keep the zoo’s magic alive for all to see,” Mr Kean said.

Taronga TV will be releasing new videos daily on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and online via tarongatv.com. With the temporary closure of Taronga’s zoos and accommodation products, the Taronga Foundation will continue to fundraise to ensure Taronga can continue operating its two Wildlife Hospitals and its vital conservation work in Australia and overseas. In 2018/19 alone, Taronga partnered with 39 organisations working on the front line of conservation across 18 countries.

“Our activities range from caring for injured native wildlife and cryopreserving the Great Barrier Reef, to breeding and releasing Bellingen River Turtles, a critical development for their long-term survival in the wild,” said Kerr.

To help Taronga continue its work throughout this difficult time and to tune into Taronga TV, please visit tarongatv.com

Source: Taronga Zoo