A captivating profile of 100 animals across 100 years at Taronga Zoo. Time at Taronga shares intimate stories from the Zoo’s own extensive archives and striking images from more than 20 professional photographers, as well as unforgettable moments photographed by the zoo keepers themselves over the decades. It is a fascinating insight into the significance of each animal species, why they are at Taronga, and how the role of the Zoo has changed since it first opened its gates. It also reveals how Taronga is no longer defined by the boundaries of its Sydney harbourside location, providing valuable field conservation initiatives, education and resources in wildlife projects, on the ground, in four continents. Among its many conservation projects, Taronga helps in educating local Zambian communities against lion poaching; provides assistance to fill in old wells in Sumatra that have killed elephants, tigers and rhinoceros; works in partnership with organisations such as the Jane Goodall Institute in the Congo Basin to release orphaned chimpanzees back into a secure sanctuary; as well as being able to breed and release various Australian species back into the wild where they were previously on the brink of extinction.
Catharine Retter is a Sydney author (Lower North Shore). This is her eighth non-fiction book and her second ‘zoo book’ — she is also the author of the popular selling, Life is a Zoo, published in 2006. Although she has had a long association with Taronga, never tires of the new and fascinating insights the animals provide, and continues to be surprised and heartened by the extensive field conservation initiatives Taronga is involved in well beyond the boundaries defined by its Sydney harbourside location.
Introduction by Dr Jane Goodall AFRICA African Lion Chimpanzee Fennec Fox Giraffe Lemur Pygmy Hippopotamus Ring-tailed Lemur Slender-tailed Meerkat Western Lowland Gorilla ASIA Asian Elephant Asian Small-clawed Otter Binturong Fishing Cat Francois Leaf Monkey Komodo Dragon Sumatran Tiger Sun Bear AUSTRALASIA Australian Pelican Australian Sea-lion Brolga Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo Greater Bilby Koala Little Penguin Fiordland Crested Penguin New Zealand Fur-seal Platypus Regent Honeyeater Southern Corroboree Frog Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat Tasmanian Devil Wedge-tailed Eagle THE AMERICAS Andean Condor Cotton-top Tamarin Green Iguana
* Stories from Tarongas archives and zoo keepers across 100 years
* Striking photographs from over 20 professional photographers as well as unforgettable moments captured by the zoo keepers themselves
* Details of the extensive conservation projects — largely unheralded — that Taronga undertakes across four continents to help protect habitats, breed and release species back into the wild, and educate local communities against poaching, etc
*Introduction by Dr Jane Goodall, the worlds foremost expert on chimpanzees, and renowned for her ground-breaking study of primates family and social behaviour in Tanzania