Today is a sad day as reports out of South Africa state a record number of rhinos have been poached this year. To date, 1020 rhinos have died at the hands of poachers in South Africa alone, compared to last year when 1004 rhinos were killed.
Summer is here and so are lots of new arrivals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Keepers welcomed the arrival of a Hippo calf in early September and 2014’s second Giraffe calf in late October to the delight of visitors.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is excited to announce that our female Hippo calf has a name! Meet Kibibi, meaning little lady in Swahili, who was named following a call for suggestions on the Zoo’s facebook page.
As the weather starts to warm up it is important for everyone to be on the lookout for snakes, adopt necessary safety precautions to minimise the chances of a snake encounter and know how to respond if the situation arises.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Hippo calf is thriving under the watchful eye of mother, Cuddles. The female calf has almost doubled in weight since birth and is starting to gain more confidence and strength in its legs, especially on land.