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Taronga’s new elephant calf began to explore the elephant exhibit today with his mother, Porntip, just days after surviving a difficult birth.
Taronga Zoo’s infant Asian Elephant had a restful night under the watchful eyes of his mother, Porntip, and Zoo staff who are working round the clock.
Taronga Zoo’s newborn male Asian Elephant calf continued to make progress overnight.His dedicated keepers, who monitored the newborn throughout the night, were delighted that the calf has begun to suckle from his mother, Porntip, unassisted and moving around without help.
Taronga Zoo’s newborn male Asian Elephant calf has continued to make progress overnight, under the watchful eyes of dedicated Taronga Zoo staff.
Taronga Zoo’s young male Asian Elephant calf born at 3.27 am this morning is showing some early encouraging signs including attempting to suckle from its mother, Porntip and meeting other herdmates.The Zoo’s Senior Veterinarian, Dr Larry Vogelnest said: “The calf has already had some contact with the other elephants in the herd, touching trunks with the older females and also the zoo’s first calf, Luk Chai, an eight-month old male.”
Despite overwhelming evidence that her first calf had not survived a protracted labour, Taronga’s Asian Elephant Porntip delivered a male calf alive at 3.27 am today.
Taronga staff were greatly saddened today when it was confirmed that the Zoo’s expected second Asian Elephant calf has not survived a difficult labour.
Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, today announced the arrival of Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s third Giraffe calf in less than three months.
In an Australian first, two Loggerhead Turtles were fitted with satellite trackers at Taronga Zoo and released off the shores of Lord Howe Island in an attempt to unlock the migration secrets of this endangered marine animal.
Wild Regent Honeyeaters, Asian Elephants and Orang-utans are among more than 70 species to be supported by the Taronga Foundation Conservation Field Grants program just announced by the Zoo.


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