SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is home to 2 amazing dugongs - Pig and Wuru. Both of our dugongs were orphaned in the wild and could not be re-released following their rescue.
Video: Wuru swimming around in her oceanarium.
**UPDATE: DUGONG ISLAND OPENS SEPTEMBER 2014**
Launching 20 September, visitors will use their senses to
explore the mysterious underwater world of Dugongs in the new
Dugong Island at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. The brand new experience
allows guests to walk amongst an underwater shipwreck while
admiring the only pair of Dugongs on display in the world!
Did you know Dugongs are closely related to elephants? Or that they can live to over 75 years old? And that long ago sailors once thought they were mermaids? These are just some of the fun facts visitors will learn in the new interactive Dugong Island experience. What's more, kids and adults alike will meet Pig and Wuru, the aquarium's two rescued Dugongs, and get to know the not-so-little orphans' unique personalities and amazing life story.
For an even more interactive and exclusive experience, Dugong Island will also give visitors the opportunity to dive into the world of Dugongs and feed Pig and Wuru in the aquarium's Behind-the-Scenes Tour! Offered twice daily, the Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Dugong feeds will include interaction with Marine Biologists, preparing food for Pig and Wuru, walking the Dugong Island 'Plank' to gain exclusive access to Pig and Wuru's enclosure. The 45 minute Behind-the-Scenes Tour also consist of a fish feed above Shark Valley, feeding the rays in the Bay of Rays, a visit to the coral farm where you learn how we generate coral life and a trip to see where we prepare the feasts for the world's largest collection of Australian marine life! This exclusive offering is available daily and advanced bookings are required.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium will also host fun, kid-friendly activities including a treasure hunt, daily interactive Dugong talk, an educational craft event and more.
The only dugongs on display in Australia!
Our resident dugongs Pig and Wuru are the only dugongs on display in Australia and two of only six - and the only pair - on display anywhere in the world. Both dugongs were rescued after being orphaned separately in the wild, both at just a few days old.
Affectionately named after his eating habits, Pig is now 14 years old and was rescued from Forrest Beach in North Queensland when he became separated from his mother at a very early age.
After a period of rehabilitation, Pig was released into the wild. However when he was found washed up again a decision was made not to release him again for fears he wouldn't survive.
Wuru, is 8 years old, and was also orphaned early. And although she's much younger than Pig, at over 400kg she's actually twice his size - as is the norm for female dugongs.
Dugongs are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Each year the SEA LIFE Conservation Fund contributes funding to assess the health of wild dugongs. This species is in decline in the wild and scientists are attempting to find out how the current populations will fare into the future. You can find out more about the dugong research here.
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