Taronga Zoo has announced the opening of their new Tiger exhibition today. The long-awaited Tiger Trek, is the first exhibit of its kind, one that combines the excitement of seeing four endangered Tigers with an educational program designed to makes participants aware of the grievous threat palm oil production has on the species.
The exhibit takes audiences on a tour of wild Sumatra, beginning with an aircraft that transports visitors to a replica of a village in the Way Kambas National Park. Walk through the village, to the corner of the national park to see the four endangered Sumatran tigers.
The conclusion of the journey is what makes the exhibit exceptional. The exhibit ends in an average everyday supermarket. The viewer is confronted by the reality of palm oil production and its effect on endangered species. It was made to encourage consumers to make better choices at home to help tigers in Sumatra.
The purpose of the exhibit, according to Taronga Zoo Director and CEO Mr. Cameron Kerr is to raise awareness and educate viewers.
Tiger Trek is a fantastic opportunity for Australians to learn about the devastating impact of poaching and habitat destruction...
He goes on to explain that the Tiger exhibit will also be a key breeding program for the endangered species.
We envisage having up to eight Sumatran Tigers living here to provide an insurance population, and to support the genetic diversity of wild Sumatran Tigers.
Taronga is committed to protecting existing natural habitats and combating the illegal wildlife trade. The campaign Raise your Palm is dedicated to encouraging Australian shoppers to make more conscious decisions while shopping, buying products made with only certified Sustainable Palm Oil.
“Additionally, I’m proud that Taronga has successfully shut down trade syndicates by working in partnership with TRAFFIC and funding a Wildlife Crime Analyst in their office,” he said.
The Tiger Trek at Taronga Zoo shows exactly why Taronga and NSW is well on the way to becoming a global centre of excellence in wildlife conservation and education.
Taronga Zoo’s Tiger Trek is open from 9:30am – 4:30pm every day. Book tickets to the exciting new exhibit here.