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Tune in to the special TV event on Australia's biggest babies. Ch 7, 7:30pm Wed 24th Nov.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo invites everyone to celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s new open access Visitor Plaza at a FREE Wild Day Out community event on Sunday 28 November 2010 from 11am – 3pm.
We officially named our calf today, “Tuk Ta” (pronounced ‘ took tuh’) it means ‘doll’ in Thai.
Earlier this year I travelled to Mongolia to monitor released captive bred Przewalski Horses (Takhi) at Hustai National Park.
The new calf loves being hosed so much we thought we would encourage her to go for a swim in the waterfall pool.
All the elephants were dust bathing around the big dirt mound in the top paddock after their baths this morning. The boys were playing and having fun when the new calf decided to join in too.
Our new calf readily walked onto the scales this morning and she is still her birth weight of 120kg.
The female calf spent more time in the paddock with the rest of the herd today. The other calves, Luk Chai and Pathi Harn, seem to be more interested with her and Luk chai was seen looping his trunk around hers.
The calf is doing well. She is starting to move about more readily and is starting to spend a bit more time with her aunties.
Today the new calf was integrated into the whole herd. Tang Mo, Thong Dee and Luk Chai all greeted her with enthusiasm and touched her with their trunks.

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Public Notices

Update on three year old White Rhino Macheo
As part of a 10 year Centenary Master Plan upgrade, Taronga has submitted plans to build an Australian Habitat Exhibit (phase 1) which includes an overnight conservation experience called the Taronga Wildlife Retreat.
Taronga Zoo would not dissect animals for public display. Taronga’s first concern is always for the welfare and dignity of the remarkable animals in our care.
Taronga Zoo’s young male elephant, Luk Chai, 5, had some dental work on his tusks today. Taronga’s Senior Veterinarian, Dr Larry Vogelnest, said some elephants including Luk Chai, have brittle tusks that are prone to cracking and infection.