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Macheo the White Rhino calf

Dreaming of a trip to Africa? Go on zoofari and get your African fix at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo these coming school holidays!

In recent months the Zoo has welcomed a host of African arrivals including a rare White Rhino calf, Zebra foal, two Giraffe calves and an abundance of antelope including seven Eland calves.

“There’s so much for visitors to see and do at the Zoo these holidays,” General Manager Matthew Fuller said.

“The little male White Rhino calf named Macheo, born in May, is on display with his mother Mopani and another adult female named Likwezi. He’s become quite cheeky and playful and is a joy to watch, even if he’s just having a nap out in the sun!”

“The two male Giraffe calves – born just two weeks apart – spend a great deal of time together and are growing in confidence, often venturing to the front of the Giraffe paddock during our daily Giraffes in Focus Encounter, where members of the public can get up close to and hand feed a Giraffe for just $5 per person.”

“And our newest stripey addition, a female Zebra foal named Becca, born in July, is also growing up fast, as are all our antelope calves. The spring months are the best time to see these youngsters as they explore their Zoo home,” said Matt.

If you still want more Africa, how about this: Visitors to the Zoo this Spring can go in the draw to win a 12-day Kenyan safari for two adults, including international return economy airfares.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our Spring visitors the chance to win the ultimate wild adventure, thanks to our partners Bench International and Etihad Airways,” Matt said.

“This is a fantastic prize, with the lucky winner to experience some of Kenya’s best parks and reserves.”

Entry to the competition is open to visitors to the Zoo circuit (including Zoo Friends) between now and 31 October 2013.

In addition to the new arrivals, there are lots of other things to see and do around the Zoo during the holidays including Keeper Presentations and Animal Feeds with a range of species such as Black Rhinos, Elephants and Hippos. There are also some exciting tours and animal encounters including the Early Morning Walk – a guided behind the scenes walk before the Zoo opens, Big Cat Encounters – where members of the public can get up close to and feed a Lion or Tiger, and the Wild Africa Encounter – a guided bus tour with an African flavour.

During the holidays the Zoo will also offer a new walking tour of the Wild Asia precinct, with highlights to include Sumatran Tigers, Siamang Apes and Otters.

For the ultimate zoofari, visitors can spend the night in the Zoo and see what wild gets up to after dark at Billabong Camp – a family camping experience focussed on Australian and Asian wildlife, or Zoofari Lodge – a retreat for families seeking a unique African safari type experience.

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