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Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Photos, art
dewhitton
A visit to The Zoo with thefoxaroo

Zebra



Zebra

Zebra and Giraffe

Giraffe

Eland

Eland

Eland

Happy Happy Hippos

Happy Happy Hippos

White Rhino. Last week the female calved, bringing the total white rhino population in Dubbo to 4. The Zoo has 3 species of rhino in the breeding program, and export the black rhinos to Africa. The black rhino exhibit was being re-built and we couldn't get in.

White Rhino

White Rhino

Asian one-horned rhino - critically endangered species.

One-Horned Rhino

One-Horned Rhino

Asian small-clawed otter

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Otter cub, about 1 month old.
Asian Small-Clawed Otter


Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Cheetahs in the shade

Asian Elepant dirt bath

Bongo, from central Africa

Bongo

Lions relaxing

Lion cubs watch the human in the cage. (She is their keeper and is checking on their health from inside the cage.)

Cubs and keeper

Simang apes brachiating.

Simang Apes brachiating.

Simang Apes brachiating.

Galapagos tortoise. These animals have produced 3 babies over the last 2 years. Which is nice. The little tortoise are in their own enclosure with lots of cover to hide under, which they do. So no photos.

Galapogas Tortoise

Galapogas Tortoise

The Zoo is a safe refuge for native birds to nest in. They grow used to people and come close. These photos were not taken in the aviary.

Superb blue wren - male in his mating colours.

Male blue wren in breeding colours

Male blue wren in breeding colours

Apostle bird

Apostle Bird

Black swan.

Black Swan

And a skink.

Skink


More photos here, which you can embiggen.

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Great shots!
Otters!

I enjoyed Taronga when I was there… gee, almost 10 years ago now!

Ah, but this is Taronga Western Plains! It's the Dubbo branch of the zoo in Sydney. You may not have been there.


Well, I will just have to try and get there the next time I visit!
Still great photos!

Those are brilliant photographs. If I hadn't been there when these were snapped I'd have assumed David Attenborough's crew took them all. Seriously. You've go some outstanding arrangements there. The animals are in superb arrangement (eg: giraffes facing in parallel) and exquisitely sharp focus.

(I like the two zebra class in push-me-pull-you formation, except they've forgotten to put the consist in between.)

I love the shot of the Eland standing together, with one resting in the middle.

How did you hear about the Rhino calving? Was it on the local news, or did you go back for another visit?

dewhitton said:"The black rhino exhibit was being re-built and we couldn't get in."

I don't think they would have let us in anyway - I'm a foxaroo and you're a spectacled flying fox; neither of us looks like a rhino.

I still like what you said when we finished watching the Simang apes, and you'd had enough of being near "the monkeys." :) (@ everyone else - some bogans hung around the exhibit)

The skink's not half bad either. :)

The rhinos always make the local news when they calve. It's an Event!

Fabulous pictures! The focus on the birds especially is astonishingly crisp.

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