This autumn see wild new arrivals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo including four African Lion cubs, three Cheetah cubs, four Ring-tailed Lemur babies, Asian Elephant calf Sabai and most recent arrival, a Przewalski’s Horse foal.
Lion cubs Bakari, Karoo, Virunga and Sheru are growing in size and confidence, and autumn will be the perfect time to watch them play and explore. Now four months old, the cubs can often be seen chasing and wrestling each other, even climbing all over mother, Maya and father, Lazarus!
The three Cheetah cubs will be on exhibit from the NSW school holidays along with their mother, Kyan. The trio, now five months of age, will stick close to their mother’s side initially but as their confidence and curiosity grows they will start to explore their surrounds.
Asian Elephant calf Sabai, born in November last year, is continuing to grow and develop well under the watchful eye of his mother, Thong Dee and aunty, Porntip. Weighing 101kg at birth, Sabai is now over 270kgs and is a very adventurous and strong calf.
“Now is a really great time to visit the Zoo, we have so many new arrivals and autumn really will be the best time to see them before they grow up,” said keeper Jacinta Vaughan.
“There are daily keeper presentations at both Asian Elephants and African Lions, providing fantastic opportunities for visitors to learn more about the new arrivals and these species from our Zoo Keepers.”
The four Ring-tailed Lemur babies, born in October last year, will also be on exhibit from 12:00pm – 2pm daily across the school holidays, on the primate island in the centre of the Zoo. A female Przewalski’s Horse foal, born in February, will also be on display with the rest of the herd. This strong little foal is a joy to watch as he gallops out of a morning.
“This autumn will also be a great time to check out the Zoo’s newest experience, the Savannah Safari, opened late last year. Visitors can climb aboard the Savannah Safari truck and experience a unique guided tour amongst the animals of the Zoo’s savannah. It’s just like being on safari,” said Jacinta.
The Savannah Safari is open daily across the school holidays and costs $10 per adult and $5 per child, in addition to Zoo admission. Tickets are available at the Zoo’s ticketing counter on arrival.
In addition to 10 free daily keeper presentations, there are behind-the-scenes tours and animal encounters including an Early Morning Walk before the Zoo opens, Tiger Encounter, Meerkat Encounter and Giraffes in Focus. Bookings are essential.