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    Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo is one of the finest zoological gardens in the world. It's?

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    Background: Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo is one of the finest zoological gardens in the world. It's internationally renowned. And for its progress in later years, Taronga Park can largely thank Sir edward Hallstrom, its former chairman.

    Sir Edward joined the Taronga Trust twenty-one years ago. Through those years, through personal devoted effort, he has done much toward making the zoo a colourful showplace of the city of Sydney. A place where visitors can come and see the wild life of many countries -- animals well-cared for in clean comfortable homes.

    And this place is very dear to Sir Edward ... the grounds and everything in them he has come to regard as a personal charge.

    Sir Edward is seventy-three. Last September, he retired from his position of Trust Chairman, but that didn't mean and end to his association with the zoo. Far from it. His love of animals often brings him back to Taronga. And newcomers particularly interest him.

    This Tasmanian devil was born in the zoo, and is rather rate int hat respect. It's always been one of Sir Edward's great pleasures to stroll around the grounds inspecting the new arrivals. In the background here is one of the latest -- one which Sir Edward obtained from the King of Bhutan, in India ... a leopard only two weeks old.

    The more veteran tenants of the zoo are never really snubbed -- but right now, Sir Edward has another youngster to meet. Born at Taronga Park about a month ago, it's a spider monkey.

    And he's more than curious for his age.

    Malaya was once this fellow's home. Together with a brother gibbon he was recently imported by Sir Edward for addition to the zoo's ape family. Gibbons are among the most playful and docile of their species, and these two seem to have the added quality of being very adept in making friends.

    Off now for a short walk. But before long a question arises -- who's taking whom for the walk?
    Still in a playful mood, one of the gibbons tried to get away from Sir Edward, who was taken by surprise.

    The tree kangaroo section has also had a recent visit from the stork, and Sir Edward is anxious to have a look at the new little one. The mountain goat may be disinterested but when there's a youngster around, there are usually a few necks craning to have a look.

    A smile -- as Sir Edward turns his attention to this entertaining fellow. He's a Malayan otter and he arrived at Taronga Park only last month to join two other members of the breed
    So Sir Edward Hallstrom visits Sydney's Taronga Park and meets some of the very latest arrivals.

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