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Time at Taronga : A Zoo Down-Under - Catharine Retter

Time at Taronga

A Zoo Down-Under

Hardcover Published: 20th April 2016
ISBN: 9780987509574

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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.

About the Author

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


African Lion
Fennec Fox
Pygmy Hippopotamus
Ring-tailed Lemur
Slender-tailed Meerkat
Western Lowland Gorilla


Asian Elephant
Asian Small-clawed Otter
Fishing Cat
Francois Leaf Monkey
Komodo Dragon
Sumatran Tiger
Sun Bear


Australian Pelican
Australian Sea-lion
Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo
Greater Bilby
Little Penguin
Fiordland Crested Penguin
New Zealand Fur-seal
Regent Honeyeater
Southern Corroboree Frog
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat
Tasmanian Devil
Wedge-tailed Eagle


Andean Condor
Cotton-top Tamarin
Green Iguana

ISBN: 9780987509574
ISBN-10: 0987509578
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 20th April 2016
Publisher: Citrus Press
Country of Publication: AU

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