February 1, a new takhi named Bukhara was born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia! She is just starting to eat grass now and then, trying to figure out why the adults keep putting that weird green stuff in their mouths.

Takhi, the world’s last true wild horses, are originally native to steppes in Mongolia, China, and Siberia. Takhi are endangered, but doing well in zoo breeding programs, and a few hundred have been released in the wild in Mongolia. Their numbers are growing.

A baby echidna is making a remarkable recovery at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, after being left seriously injured when its burrow was dug up by a bulldozer. The puggle was first brought to the Wildlife Hospital at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo with a deep wound to the side of its body, after its nursery burrow was accidentally dug up by a bulldozer in Coonamble just before Christmas.

 Picture: Paul Fahy/Rex Features (via Animal pictures of the week: 17th April 2015 - Telegraph)


Western Plains Zoo


Rebranding the Western Plains Zoo wasn’t an easy task given it is a little out of the way located at Dubbo. But it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to get to than Africa.

With it’s wide open plains and hidden fences, you’d be hard pressed to know weren’t actually in Africa (that’s speaking from experiencing both options).

These images won photograph of the year.