Reg was invited to take part in Taronga Zoo's second Artists in Residence program, which officially launched in February 2010 with an overnight stay at Taronga’s Roar and Snore site. As part of the program the artists became acquainted with the Zoo on a spotlight night safari to see the animals as they commenced their nocturnal activities lit by the stunning backdrop of city lights. For the next three months Taronga become their second home with unique access to Taronga Zoo and its animals to provide wild inspiration for their works. The Taronga Foundation later auctioned works donated by the artists through Sotheby’s to support the Zoo’s vital conservation work. Reg donated his coloured pencil and charcoal work titled “Giraffe Eating a Carrot”, drawn during his stay at the zoo.
Works from the Zoo's Artists in Residence Program were shown at The University Gallery Newcastle's Zoo Air exhibition.
Reg Mombassa's Tortoise eating an orchid 2010, Charcoal, Coloured Pencil on Paper, 16 x 21cm from the Zoo Air exhibition.