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: APRIL 2014**
Due to construction noise from works taking place on the wharf
out the front of the aquarium, Pig and Wuru, our resident dugongs,
have been taken off display. As dugongs are very sensitive to
noise, this is best for their well-being. Pig and Wuru are
holidaying in a quieter area at the rear of the aquarium with no
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
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
Dugongs: Herbivorous 'sea cows' that were mistaken for mermaids
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