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.
After nine months of refurbishment and our relaunch as SEA LIFE
Sydney Aquarium in September, our dugongs Pig and Wuru are both
back on display at the attraction.
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 early.
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.
Dugong Island features a spectacular viewing platform and
underwater viewing tunnel so you can see these spectacular animals
from above sea level and come face-to-face with them below the
Pig and Wuru are now healthy and happy residing here at SEA LIFE
Sydney Aquarium in a large, purposely-adapted exhibit called Dugong
Island where you can pay them a friendly visit!
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
Dugongs: Herbivorous 'sea cows' that were mistaken for mermaids
Shark Walk and Shark Valley