Not many people have seen one, and when they do, a smile from ear to ear is guaranteed! The Taronga Wildlife Hospital has recently become home to a 40 day old Echidna puggle, found on a path in a caravan park at Anna Bay on the NSW Central Coast.
Sixty five million years ago a cataclysmic event changed the earth forever and dinosaurs couldn’t adapt fast enough to the new environment they found themselves in. While it wasn’t instantaneous, these incredible prehistoric creatures died out, and now we can only marvel at what they would have been like in the flesh.
Taronga’s Asian Elephant calves (L-R): Luk Chai, 3 y.o. and 1272kg, Pathi Harn, two and half y.o and 1034kg , and Tukta, nearly 2 y.o and 932kg take a break together. That’s a huge 3.2 tonnes of elephant calves on one log!
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’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.