Keeper Activities

Keeper Activities

Free with your Zoo entry.

Learn about the fascinating animals that call Taronga home from our expert Keepers with our Keeper Talks.

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Keeper activity timetable

Plan your visit with the full keeper activity timetable and get the best chance to see your favourite animals up close at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

Please note that some Keeper Activities are weather dependent.

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9.25am

Map ref. 20F

Ring-tailed Lemur/Spider Monkey feed

9.30am

Map ref. 16C

Black Rhino keeper talk

10am

Map ref. 14E

Giraffe keeper activity

Watch as the herd heads to the platform for the Giraffe Encounter.

11.20am

Map ref. 11K

Hippo keeper activity

Watch the Hippos out of the pond for the Hippo Encounter.

11.40am

Map ref. 9G

Cheetah keeper talk

12pm

Map ref. 9J

Asian Elephant keeper talk

12.30pm

Map ref. 12U

Deer feed

12.30pm

Map ref. 17Q

Goat feed

12.30pm

Map ref. 21E

Spider Monkey feed

12.40pm

Map ref. 1R

Barbary Sheep feed

12.45pm

Map ref. 2R

Meerkat feed

2.10pm

Map ref. 9Q

Otter keeper talk

2.35pm

Map ref. 23L

Galapagos Tortoise keeper talk
Black Rhino calf, Pampoen
Black Rhino calf, Pampoen

Black Rhino keeper talk

Did you know that the Black Rhino’s horns are made of the same protein as our hair and nails? Watch and learn about these solitary animals as they enjoy their morning meal.

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Black Rhino calf, Pampoen
Hippopotamus calf Kendi
Hippopotamus calf Kendi

Hippopotamus keeper activity

Have you ever seen a Hippopotamus up close? Watch these water lovers as they emerge from the lake for their morning meal. Find out why they spend so much time in the water from our Keepers, as they tell you about these splashy creatures.

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Hippopotamus calf Kendi
Giraffe herd
Giraffe herd

Giraffe keeper activity

Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is home to the largest Giraffe breeding herd in Australia, and has cared for this species throughout its entire history. Watch as this herd heads to the platform for a feed and the Giraffe Encounter.

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Giraffe herd
Cheetah mother Kyan with her cubs
Cheetah mother Kyan with her cubs

Cheetah keeper talk

Catch up with our Cheetahs while they enjoy their meaty brunch. Watch our Cheetah feed, as you learn about their extraordinary speed, unusual colour variations, and unique social hierarchy.

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Cheetah mother Kyan with her cubs
Asian Elephant calf Sabai
Asian Elephant calf Sabai

Asian Elephant keeper talk

Learn all about the unique characteristics of Asian Elephants from Keeper Bec and see our herd of eight elephants of varying ages, including young calf Kanlaya.

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Asian Elephant calf Sabai
Meerkat
Meerkat

Meerkat feed

Meet our Meerkat mob at feeding time as they munch on insects, fruits, and vegetables. You’ll learn how their social dynamics work, who’s the boss of this troop and just how good their eyesight is.

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Meerkat
Spider Monkey baby Isadora and mother Jai
Spider Monkey baby Isadora and mother Jai

Spider Monkey feed

Fancy having lunch with our Spider Monkey troop? Watch the monkeys as they deftly use their tails to grab food from our Keepers, before swinging away on the ropes and tree branches on their island home.

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Spider Monkey baby Isadora and mother Jai
Asian Small-clawed Otter
Asian Small-clawed Otter

Otter keeper talk

Meet our family of Asian Small-clawed Otters including mum Jafar, dad Harry and their four busy offspring!

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Asian Small-clawed Otter
Galapagos Tortoise.
Galapagos Tortoise.

Galapagos Tortoise keeper talk

Did you know that Galapagos Tortoises can live up to 150 years? Watch and learn all about these remarkable animals during this informative talk.

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Galapagos Tortoise.