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It was a sad day for primate keepers when our eldest juvenile female gorilla, Mbeli, departed for Melbourne Zoo last Tuesday.Our keepers have been working very closely with her over the past few months training her for this big day. Mbeli came to be understand basic cues like target, stay and hold. This enabled our keepers to move her calmly away from the gorilla group leading to a perfect separation when all was ready for her to go to Melbourne.
The first group of Regent Honeyeaters arrived in their transport boxes on a Qantas flight at Albury airport yesterday morning. They then made the journey with keepers to the Chiltern release site.
This morning our two female African Elephants, Yum Yum, (41) and Cuddles (38), enjoyed another early morning walk around the zoo. The mornings are getting cooler now and so they are keen to get out and get the blood pumping.
We arrived in Chiltern late yesterday and have spent today setting up the temporary housing for the Regents. This involved putting up the tents, putting tarps over the tents and constructing branches for perching inside the tents. It is essential that everything is securely in place, as we have heard we might have gale force winds coming our way!!
Youngest calf Pathi Harn spent the time after his bath today making sure that he added a nice dusting of dirt over all that clean skin. This is something all elephants do and often thought to add a nice protective barrier against sun and insects for the rest of the day.
As the rain fell this morning over Taronga, our female elephant herd chose to take to their moats and waterfalls.
The Regents are all getting on well and are eating from native flowers just as they should be!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has celebrated World Tapir Day with a daily keeper talk this week. Hundreds of people across during the week came to learn about Tapirs which are the frequently misidentified species.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s bouncing new Black Rhino calf has now been named Kufara, meaning "happiness” in the African Shona language.
Born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 2008 to Shoshone and Cherokee Bob, Leotie, has been a popular animal in the herd during her time at the Zoo, but now it is time for her to move out of home away from mum and dad. to a new herd.

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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.