Hot on the tail of the Luna Park revamp announcement, iconic Taronga Zoo is set to receive a million-dollar makeover with emphasis on some spectacular updates to the Australia Precinct.

The $16 million revamp of one of Taronga Zoo’s most popular native animal enclosures is one step closer with the NSW Government giving the project the green  light, paving the way for a conservation and visitation boost.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said significant upgrade works to the Australia Precinct would include; a canopy walk from which to view koalas, extensions to the kangaroo and wallaby “walkthrough experience”, underwater viewing of the platypus and improvements to the nocturnal exhibition.

“Taronga Zoo is one of Australia’s most iconic tourist destinations and this revamp will  place greater emphasis on some of our nation’s most iconic animals,” Mr Stokes said.


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Taronga Zoo released this statement last week:

Taronga Zoo Sydney can confirm this morning at 5.47am a Taronga contractor observed a Chimpanzee calmly sitting just beyond the perimeter of the Chimpanzee exhibit.

The Taronga Zoo emergency response unit was activated immediately however no intervention was required as the Chimp made its own way back into the exhibit only minutes after being observed. The chimp is safe and well and is being monitored by our specialist keepers and vets.

Taronga has strict safety protocols in place for such an incident. All people on site were immediately directed to enter secure areas until the situation was resolved.

Emergency services were not required.

The Zoo remains open today however Taronga’s Chimp troop will remain off display until a full investigation has been completed.

Taronga is pleased to report that all people and animals, including the adventurous chimp, are all safe.

Taronga Zoo

Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
I: @tarongazoo

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If you enjoyed the monkey business in this feature, you may want to check out our other creature feature on Harley Jones who catches snakes for a living (click here)!  


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