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Taronga is working to secure a shared future for wildlife and people.
Aug 21, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Taronga’s marine scientists, in collaboration with Macquarie Uni & others internationally, are investigating the effects of pulsed electric fields on #shark physiology & behavior to deliver innovative improvements in deterrents to save the lives of people & #sharks. #ScienceWeek This @ARC_gov_au funded project builds on a previous ARC LP by this team that uncovered information on #shark vision and demonstrated the effectiveness of counter-illumination (light emitting) devices in deterring shark attacks
Aug 21, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
Taronga scientists also manage the Australian #Shark Attack File (ASAF). This long-term database & resource provides valuable insights on incidents and the effectiveness of possible deterrents. #ScienceWeek taronga.org.au/conservation-a…. Research using ASAF data led by Laura Ryan with Taronga’s Dr David Slip, Macquarie University, DPI and UNSW scientists, generated predictive models for #shark attacks in Australian waters based on environmental conditions. . doi.org/10.3354/meps13…
Aug 21, 2021 4 tweets 5 min read
As Taronga’s Research & #Conservation Coordinator, & a marine biologist specializing in #ConservationGenetics, Dr Jo Day, wears many hats – & most are waterproof! Jo’s work covers many areas & species, including the little-known Port Jackson #shark... #MarineScience #ScienceWeek Data from GPS and accelerometer tags fitted to Taronga zoo-based Port Jackson #sharks allowed the team to identify resting & active swimming, as well as feeding behaviour.
Aug 21, 2021 5 tweets 5 min read
Getting lost in the crowd can be a problem when you’re an #endangered sea lion pup. Taronga behavioural ecologist @PitcherBen & collaborators are decoding #Australian #sealion communication to understand how mothers and pups recognise each other in a busy colony #ScienceWeek Australian sea lions use a combination of sound, sight and smell to communicate and recognise their pups. Mothers can use the size and colour patterns in pup coats to help located their offspring in a colony royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.109… @RSocPublishing #AnimalCommunication
Aug 20, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Taronga is also reminding #RegentHoneyeaters how to tweet! Their song has been changing, perhaps due to small fragmented populations &reduced opportunity to learn from adults. Taronga keepers began playing songs to juvenile birds to teach them the right ones to sing. #ScienceWeek Results are showing that #RegentHoneyeaters that were tutored to sing, either directly by adult birds or by virtual tutoring, had a better chance of surviving in the wild.
Aug 20, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
The #RegentHoneyeater is one of Australia’s most #CriticallyEndangered birds. There are <350 birds left in the wild. For >20y, Taronga has been #ConservationBreeding an insurance population. Since 2008, >300 birds have been released to bolster wild populations. #ScienceWeek #RegentHoneyeaters are in decline due to threats from #habitatloss and degradation. #Drought, #bushfire, competition, and now even the precariously small size of the remaining population all pose risks to the species’ survival.
Aug 20, 2021 9 tweets 8 min read
Another flagship and large collaborative #ConservationBreeding project that Taronga is involved in concerns the #CriticallyEndangered #PlainsWanderer, a bird that few people have probably heard of and even fewer have seen. #ScienceWeek The #PlainsWanderer has no living close relative, which places it top of the @EDGEofExistence list. Remnant populations of this small ground-dwelling bird are mostly in Victoria, eastern South Australia and in the western Riverina region of NSW.
Aug 20, 2021 4 tweets 5 min read
A fantastic moment in Taronga’s #bilby #conservation program was releasing #bilbies to SturtNP Western #NSW as part of the Wild Deserts Project. This large collaboration centres on #reintroduction of locally #extinct species. #SavingOurSpecies #ScienceWeek The #bilbies are a key part of the Wild Deserts project in #SturtNP and, as ecosystem engineers, are paving the way to #HabitatRestoration across thousands of hectares in #NSW. #SavingOurSpecies PC: Bobby-Jo Vial
Aug 20, 2021 7 tweets 9 min read
But this is only part of the #bilby story. How did #bilbies behave once they were released into the Taronga #sanctuary, and did this affect overall success? To find out, we attached GPS devices & radio-transmitters to bilbies to track their movements post-release. #ScienceWeek GPS devices collected incredibly detailed data on nightly #bilby movements, and radio-transmitters allowed us to locate #bilbies underground during the day. This track shows how bilby “Charlie” used the sanctuary just after release
Aug 20, 2021 11 tweets 10 min read
Once #feralpests were removed and undetected on #cameratraps or other surveys in the Taronga Western Plains Zoo sanctuary for some time, it was time to cut the ribbon, and the apron strings, and release the #bilby founders. #ScienceWeek Of course, all #bilbies underwent thorough health checks with the Taronga Western Plains Zoo veterinary professionals prior to release. #WildlifeHealth
Aug 19, 2021 8 tweets 8 min read
A flagship project for Taronga is the greater #bilby #conservation breeding program at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in #Dubbo, which is a collaboration with multiple partners, including the @NSWDPIE #SavingOurSpecies program. #ScienceWeek While the ultimate aim is securing the species in the wild, producing animals fit #ForTheWild and a sanctuary fit to house them in, constitutes a significant amount of the work towards achieving this goal.
Aug 19, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
In our zoos, we’re constantly observing & monitoring the animals & their environments. We measure sound levels, temperature fluctuations & visitor numbers. Understanding how animals perceive their environments is fundamental to designing & maintaining good zoos. #ScienceWeek An example of a recent research project in at Taronga Zoo in #Sydney was to look at the so-called visitor effect on our animals. E.g. How do our animals perceive zoo visitors? #HumanAnimalInteractions
Aug 18, 2021 5 tweets 5 min read
As a world-leader in #WildlifeManagement, Taronga continuously improves how we monitor #AnimalHealth & #AnimalWelfare in our zoos & our #conservation programs. This includes tackling the challenges of remotely monitoring, when we can’t have eyes & ears on the ground. #ScienceWeek Image Observing #AnimalBehaviour & doing #AnimalHealth checks is only part of the picture. New #tech4wildlife help us identify potential welfare issues in real-time, especially for animals in remote locations, or large groups, or those where immediate up-close assessment isn't possible
Aug 18, 2021 7 tweets 6 min read
In 2021, Taronga embarked on a new critical phase through the support of the #Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (#RRAP), the world’s largest effort to develop effective interventions to help #coralreefs resist, adapt to & recover from #ClimateChange impacts. @CoralTrace Image A fundamental principle of #RRAP is to work closely with #GreatBarrierReef Traditional Owners, and engage different stakeholders, community groups and interests in the co-design, deployment and evaluation of proposed interventions or technologies.
Aug 18, 2021 7 tweets 7 min read
Taronga's the leading organisation in #Australia applying cryopreservation technologies to #coralreef management, #restoration and research, for #ConservationManagement of the #GreatBarrierReef. Our Reef Recovery Project's been operating since 2011 smh.com.au/national/nsw/t… #RRAP Taronga’s #reef recovery project is a model for similar approaches around the globe. Like any successful #conservation programs it requires ongoing commitment to understand the problem(s) & find integrated solutions in response to new challenges. doi.org/10.1016/j.cryo… #RRAP
Aug 18, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
#Coralreefs incl. the #GreatBarrierReef are threatened by ocean warming & acidification, as a result of human-driven #ClimateChange. For an overview of climate projections, the latest #IPCC report takes a deep sobering dive into what's ahead. #ScienceWeek ipcc.ch/assessment-rep… #Coralreefs are complex life support systems and their degradation has devastating impacts on marine life and on terrestrial animal populations, including humans. #RRAP
Aug 18, 2021 4 tweets 5 min read
In 2019, a population of Booroolong #frogs was rescued & translocated to Taronga for temporary holding in light of devastating impacts on its environment following prolonged drought & approaching Black Summer #bushfires zooaquarium.org.au/public/Public/… #SavingOurSpecies #ScienceWeek Image Time was of the essence! These #frogs live only 3-4 years & were all adults on arrival at Taronga. These critical but ageing founders possess unique genes necessary for their species to adapt and survive in an ever-changing environment. Image
Aug 18, 2021 7 tweets 8 min read
Taronga’s #science team collaborates on programs that assess and maximise #GeneticDiversity in zoo-based, wild populations, & CryoDiversity Banks (frozen repositories), to promote population resilience & the capacity of species to adapt to change. #RRAP Image #GeneticDiversity within #wildlife populations relates to long-term survival. Genes affect many things, including body size, #disease, tolerance of temperature extremes, all of which can be important for #CoralReef systems. #Coral #RRAP
Aug 17, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
#UrbanEcology also plays a key role in forming and maintaining meaningful connections with nature. Maintaining these through adolescence is crucial to #conservation and tackling our environmental issues and the #BiodiversityCrisis. @NSWEducation #ScienceWeek Image Our recent research showed that primary kids in #Sydney were more connected to nature than kids in high school doi.org/10.1371/journa… Also, girls were more connected than boys, and were more likely to volunteer for #conservation.
Aug 17, 2021 5 tweets 7 min read
Hot stuff! Thermal #drone surveys can be used to determine & monitor the abundance of #FlyingFox camps. …lpublications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rs… #bats @Wingtags @batslab @ElieDoesEcology These #FruitBats are on the @IUCN #redlist, & while the attached looks like a firework display, it’s actually a roosting colony of #flyingfoxes. Image
Aug 17, 2021 7 tweets 7 min read
#CitizenScience allows Taronga & collaborators to collate valuable ecological data over scales that would be difficult to achieve through traditional methods. Another plus? It also means that you can get directly involved in Taronga #Science! #ScienceWeek Image The #brushturkey project is a great example of this onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ae… Taronga's Dr John Martin & Dr Alicia Burns & their collaborators were finalists in the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovation in #CitizenScience. Go team! #ScienceWeek Image