Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Royal couple open Taronga Zoo Bilby exhibit

Royal couple open Taronga Zoo Bilby exhibit
April 20, 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were introduced to some of Australia’s unique and endangered wildlife at Taronga Zoo today (20th April), officially opening the Zoo’s new Bilby exhibit named in honour of their son, Prince George.

During their visit, the Royal couple, accompanied by young Prince George, unveiled a plaque commemorating the dedication of the Prince George Bilby Exhibit.

Commenting on the visit, Taronga Zoo Director Cameron Kerr stated “we were honoured to be visited by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to acknowledge the official gift of the Australian Government celebrating the birth of their son, Prince George.”

“This gift has enabled Taronga Zoo to expand its role in the regional breeding and recovery program for Bilbies, which are a vulnerable species, with the intention to breed and release these beautiful animals back into the wild in the future.”

The Duke and Duchess met Taronga’s male Bilby, also named George, before embarking on a tour of the Zoo, stopping to feed the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos and giraffes on the way.

Bilby Keeper Paul Davies added “Prince George was absolutely fantastic. I’ve never seen a little boy quite so excited about meeting a Bilby. He had his hands up on the glass of the exhibit and he was patting the glass. A big part of wildlife conservation is about raising awareness and today we’ve an opportunity to showcase the bilby not only to Australia, but to the world.”

The tour culminated in a special Australian wildlife presentation at Taronga Zoo’s Bird Show arena overlooking the Sydney Harbour and skyline. The Royal couple smiled broadly throughout the presentation, which included iconic Australian birds and mammals such as koalas, echidnas and quokkas, before joining the Zoo’s keepers on stage at the conclusion of the show.

Afterwards some members of the public were allowed into the zoo to see a native bird show attended by the Royals.

Visiting the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Friday the Royal couple unveiled a plaque at the Southee and Badgery Pavilion at Sydney Showground.

The Duke and Duchess will resume their 10-day tour on Tuesday with a trip to Alice Springs and Uluru.

14th April 2014 - BOTANIC GARDENS VISITOR CENTRE OPENING A RIGHT ROYAL AFFAIR

9th March 2014 - DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO PUT ‘ROYAL’ INTO 2014 SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW 

15th August 2012 - WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS AGRICULTURAL SHOWS 'WILL CEASE TO EXIST'

‚Äč14th December 2011 - RAS’ PETER KING TO HEAD MCEC


Asking a small favour

We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

The Pool Enclosure Company

Now TPEC Pool Enclosures - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/tpec-pool-enclosures

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

METRA Australia

With industry leading solutions in design and durability you can improve your facilities with our access control operations, payment systems and flexible personal locker storage solutions. Your…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

Spill Station Australia

Compliant chemical storage and decanting solutions. Includes spill kits, spill containment pallets, chemical decanting decks and safety shower and eyewash equipment. See our full range of solutions

read more

Aquatics / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

Pico Play

Pico Play is a global leader in the planning, design, development and construction of world-class themed attractions and entertainment that deliver extraordinary and memorable experiences to millions…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Tourism

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business