We’re saying bon voyage to our favourite little wombats Turtle-belle and Phoenix! The gorgeous pair are off to San Diego Zoo to become ambassadors for their Australian cousins. Both wombats were orphaned when their mothers were hit by cars, and Healesville Sanctuary staff have been looking after them since July last year. We will miss them very much. www.zoo.org.au/healesville
Annie the Platypus continues to amaze keepers 20 years after arriving at Taronga as a baby seriously injured in a dog attack. Annie wasn’t expected to survive the night, but thanks to the round-the-clock care of vets and keepers she is still swimming strongly today to the delight of visitors to our Platypus House. Photo by Rick Stevens
If only all siblings could get along like Atticus and Gabriella! We spotted the Ringtail Possum twins snuggling up together in the same nesting box this afternoon. The twins remain as close as ever after arriving at Taronga as orphaned joeys two years ago.
Taronga Zoo's Rudolph the echidna emerges from the ground after torpor
Hello sunshine! Keeper Nicola spotted our Short-beaked Echidna, Rudolph, emerging from his underground burrow to catch the warm spring weather. Echidnas can enter a hibernation-like state called torpor during the colder months, disappearing underground for days at a time.