Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo will be going virtual, with the launch Taronga TV at 12pm on Wednesday.
Taronga TV will provide daily keepers talks and shows, 24/7 live animal streams,and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks . There will also be resources available for teachers and for parents who are home schooling.
Cameron Kerr, Chief Executive of Taronga Conservation Society Australia said: “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.”
“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: “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.”
“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.”
Taronga TV will be releasing new videos daily on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and online via tarongatv.com.