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The calf, mother Porntip and Pak Boon just went for a dip in the bottom paddock’s shallow pool. The little calf walked right in and was excited to be shoulder deep in water.
For the first time yesterday the new calf got to properly meet the other two aunts and eight month old Luk Chai. The six of them hung out in the paddock together and Luk Chai was very excited and interested.
Today the calf got to spend a few hours with his mother’s closest elephant friend Pak Boon. Pak Boon is very curious about the calf. She follows him about and watches him closely. Every now and then she touches him gently with her trunk.
It has been a little over two years since Arna and Gigi, the ex-circus Asian Elephants arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Both girls are doing very well and have settled into their permanent home.
Today we weighed the calf with Porntip's help . The mother and calf hopped up onto the scales together and we then encouraged Porntip off so we could get a reading on his weight – 116 kilos! We knew he was a stocky little calf, but that’s an extra 20 kilos on Luk Chai’s birth weight.
We’re really pleased with the calf’s progress overnight.He is looking stronger and following his mum, Porntip, everywhere. He’s walking unassisted and suckling a lot from Porntip.
Two kangaroo joeys are learning the ropes at Education’s encounter yard where school children can learn about our native animals.
Barry the Pacific Baza is a stunning addition to our bird show.
With some in body paint and others in crisply pressed uniforms I joined 85 of my Taronga staff mates for a memorable night, marching in Sydney’s 32nd annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
This month you can read our guide on caring responsibly for your own animals at home and do your bit for biodiversity by protecting native wildlife. A dog or cat can be your best friend, but it takes a bit of work, lots of love and some patience.

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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.