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Taronga’s giant Kodiak Bear ‘Bethyl’ is celebrated her 33rd birthday this week making her one of the oldest of her species in the world!
Lately we have been doing quite a bit of work with falcons at Bird Show, rehabilitating Clarkie, lure flying Khan and recently we’ve been training Nike. Nike is a female Peregrine Falcon named after the Greek goddess of Victory. When we lure fly our falcons, the falcons always win. I thought the name was very appropriate.
Our three male pelicans in our marine precinct Great Southern Oceans are preparing to show off their amazing wild behaviours in the daily Seal Shows. As part of their training we take them on short stroll from their coastal home and walk them over to the Seal Theatre most mornings.
During the recent hot weather the elephant herd have been spending some extra time in their cool mud wallow.
Orphaned animals are regularly brought to Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital however; it is not very often that they are a baby Dusty Moorhen. This young Dusty Moorhen was brought to the Zoo by a member of the public after being found on its own at the Narromine weir.
This breeding season has been one of Taronga’s most successful. In the last few months 16 Little Penguin chicks have hatched and there are 10 more on the way!
A Lace Monitor (often referred to as a Goanna) was brought into Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital in early December by a member of the public after it was hit by a car.
The Red Jungle Fowl chicks have quadrupled in size! They were just 30 grams and now at just over 20 days old they’re 147 grams. That’s a lot of growth.
Luk Chai continues to love his daily bath time, but given that he now weighs over 288 kilos he makes quite a splash!
As we’re coming to the end of the year and decade one last Chimpanzee update seems appropriate.Overall they’re enjoying their new surrounds, in particular, the cool of the den areas.

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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.
Taronga's male elephant Luk Chai is being seen by an expert elephant dentist tomorrow to check out his teeth and tusks. Luk Chai has especially small brittle tusks which, through normal play he damages and has suffered recurrent infections.
Taronga is having an important safety evacuation drill after 3pm on Monday 8 December and all staff and visitors will be evacuated.
Taronga’s commitment to all animals in its care includes the provision of a stimulating and rich environment full of challenges and activities.