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We helped the calf go for his first walk outside this afternoon with mother Thong Dee and Aunty Tang Mo. He was very strong and kept up with mum and Tang Mo, but Thong Dee was reluctant to leave the security of the barn, so they were outside only very briefly. After that he went back into the warm barn were he is spending most of the time.
This afternoon the calf has got really use to suckling from Thong Dee. Once the calf got the hang of it he fed on and off for the rest of the day.
Mum and the baby are doing well. Thong Dee's maternal instincts are kicking in and she's being very protective of the newborn.
The little calf has just done a little backwards moonwalk exactly like his father, Gung does sometimes.We certainly know who his Dad is!
Thong Dee is treated to a warm bath at Taronga Zoo while keepers get ready for her impending birth.
We're still playing the waiting game here at the Elephant Barn, and while most things have remained the same with the rest of the herd we have noticed Thong Dee behaving a little differently.
Pregnant Asian elephant Thong Dee trades-up her food. Thong Dee passes a pineapple top to her keeper in exchange for vegetable food treats such as sweet potato. http://taronga.org.au/elephants
After years of planning and around 22 months’ gestation, our Asian Elephant Thong Dee is almost ready to give birth to her first calf. Find out what Taronga’s vets and keepers have been doing to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Today we started doing daily hormone tests with Thong Dee to monitor a particular hormone which will help us predict when she's getting close to giving birth.
I'm one of ten keepers that look after our five Asian Elephants at Taronga Zoo. We have four females and one bull elephant which we care for. Three of the females are pregnant, with one of the girls, Thong Dee, expecting any time now. Elephants have the longest gestation period of all mammals (22 months) so it's been a long time coming for Thong Dee and we're sure that she'll be relieved when it's over.

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo is supporting #worldrhinoday this weekend with special keepers talks, activities and raising funds for rhinos!
The Australian Pelican has the longest bill of any bird. Hear daily pelican talks during the #Tarongabirdfestival. http://t.co/6oaZvfWKPx
Mullion Creek Public School from Orange have been busy learning about rhinos in the lead up to World Rhino Day http://t.co/CcZ7dnAAXF

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A fire broke out in a service building on the perimeter of Taronga Zoo overnight. Fire Brigade crews attended and extinguished the fire before 3am. No people or animals were injured in the fire. Preliminary investigations have found no suspicious circumstances.
Taronga Zoo has very different policies on animal care than the Copenhagen Zoo.
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While you’re out and about you may notice that some of Taronga’s Wild! Rhinos may have apparently wandered away from their locations.