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Australian Birds

Taronga Zoo is home to a vast array of native birds such as- Superb Parrots, Laughing Kookaburras, Regent Honeyeaters, Cockatoos, Galahs, and more.


Native to Australia, Greater Bilbies are marsupials and are the largest of the bandicoot family.

Bilbies large ears pick up sounds of insects and their long nose sniffs out seeds and bulbs - very useful for a night feeder. They dig underground burrows where they spend the daylight hours. 

Bilbies were once widespread in grassy woodlands but predation by foxes and cats and competition from rabbits and livestock have driven them to the brink of extinction. 


The Cheetah is the fastest animal on four legs, capable of reaching speeds up to 110 kilometres per hour.


The Chimpanzee is the closest living relative to humans. Chimpanzees are social animals that live in communities of 5-50 chimps.


The Dingo is a sub-species of the Grey Wolf and it belongs to the canis group, which includes coyotes, jackals, wolves and domestic dogs.


The Echidna is a unique Australian. The echidna and the Platypus are the world’s only egg laying mammals. They are called monotremes.


Elephants are the largest living land mammal on earth. The elephants at Taronga Zoo are Asian Elephants, a newborn calf may weigh 90-110 kg.

Feather-tail Gliders

Feather-tail Gliders are identifiable by their delicate feather-like tail. This unique native mammal glides up to 20 metres and clings to smooth surfaces.

Fishing Cats

The Fishing Cat is from Java, South China, and India. Like its closest relative, the Leopard Cat, it lives along rivers, brooks and mangrove swamps.

Francois' Leaf-monkeys

The Francois Langur is native to northeast Vietnam and south-eastern China. They are a medium-sized leaf-eating monkey

Reptile and Amphibians

Taronga Zoo is home to a variety of different frog species such as Green and Golden Bell Frogs, Green Tree Frogs, Corroboree Frogs and many more.


The Giraffe is the tallest land animal. Males can grow up to six metres tall. Each Giraffe can be recognised by its own unique pattern.


Together with the chimpanzee, gorillas are one of our closest living relatives, sharing 98% of their genetic material with humans.


Whilst the male Red Kangaroo is red in colour the female is actually blue-grey. Similarly the Eastern Grey Kangaroo is grey but the Western variety is brown.


Koalas are unique to Australia and live in forests on the eastern coast. They are very fussy eaters, feeding almost entirely on eucalypt leaves.


While some male lions live alone most live in prides, consisting of one or more family units which have one or two males as well as females and cubs.


Slender-tailed Meerkats live in an extended family group of up to 30 individuals, including several breeding pairs.


The Orang-utan is the largest tree dwelling animal in the world. This highly intelligent ape uses tools, such as sticks, to scratch itself and to obtain food.


The Asian Small-clawed Otter is well adapted to aquatic life with a long streamlined body, short limbs, webbed feet and tapering tail.


Taronga Zoo is home to Australian Little Penguins which are the smallest of the 18 penguin species and the only one to breed in Australia.


What lays eggs, has no teats but suckles its young? Has thicker fur than a polar bear, the bill of a duck and the tail of a beaver? The Platypus!

Pygmy Hippopotamus

These animals can be found on the west coast of Africa in the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast.

Red Pandas

The Red Panda is a small mammal with a rusty-red coloured body and a striped tail. Cream and red facial markings give it a striking masked look.


Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to the Southern White Rhinoceros, Black Rhinoceros, and Indian Rhinoceros.

Tasmanian Devils

The nocturnal Tasmanian Devil is the largest living carnivorous marsupial. The size of a small dog, it has a stocky body and a large, broad head.


The Sumatran tiger is only found naturally in Sumatra, a large island in western Indonesia. It lives anywhere from lowland forests to mountain forest.


Wombats are Australian marsupials and are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania.


Zebras are one of the most recognisable and photographed African animals because of their stunning body markings and large numbers.

Sun Bear

The Sun Bear is the smallest of all the bears species and it gets its name from the golden crescent patch of fur on its chest, which is like a rising sun.

Seals and Sea-Lions

The Australian Sea-Lion is a large sea mammal growing two and a half metres in length and weighing up to 220kg.