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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published April 7th 2020
Visit the wild side from the comfort of home
Staying entertain at home can be tricky, constantly trying to find a way to keep the kids engaged and hopefully learning too.

Now you can take a trip to the zoo at any time, from anywhere (in your home) as Taronga Zoo Sydney, for the first time in their 103-year-history, have partnered with Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo to bring animal lovers a virtual day at the zoo with the launch Taronga TV.

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Take a trip to the zoo without ever leaving home. Image: Rick Stevens, Taronga Zoo

Zoo visitors can tune in every day, any time to enjoy a packed schedule of fascinating keepers talks and shows, 24/7 live animal streams, amusing animal antics and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at what the animals (and the keepers) actually get up to when the zoo is closed.

And if you're a teacher or a parent, you can also access resources for hom schooling while you're looking for fun and educational content for kids.

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Teachers and parents alike can also access resources for homeschooling kids too, allowing children to learn more about the zoo residents. Image: Rick Stevens, Taronga Zoo

"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," said Cameron Kerr, Chief Executive of Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

"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," he added.

Taronga TV is set to encourage a connection with environmental and wildlife conservation while enjoying Taronga's unique wildlife.

Taronga TV will be releasing new videos daily on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and online via

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From wildlife to sea life and more, visitors can view what goes on behind the scenes, enjoy keeper talks and check in on all their favorite animals with Taronga TV.

With the temporary closure of Taronga's zoos and accommodation, the Taronga Foundation will also continue to fundraise to ensure Taronga can continue operating its two Wildlife Hospitals and its vital conservation work in Australia and overseas. In 2018/19 alone, Taronga partnered with 39 organisations working on the front line of conservation across 18 countries.

Activities range from looking after injured native wildlife, preservation efforts on the Great Barrier Reef, to breeding and releasing Bellingen River Turtles and more.

To help Taronga continue its work throughout this difficult time and to tune into Taronga TV, please visit
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When: Anytime 24/7
Where: Your home
Cost: Free
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