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We are all very excited by the arrival of a little filly Zebra foal. The foal has been named Zahra which means flower in Swahili.
Our Barking Owl chick has been with us just over a week now and is growing quickly! He is now 500 grams and that’s a lot of growth for a little owl, especially when you consider at full size they only weigh around 700 grams. We’ve also named him Ripley! Although we won’t know its sex for a while yet, but in the meantime we’re calling it a he.
Planning for the move is continuing at an increasingly frantic pace. Plans for which groups will move house together and in what order are pretty much finalised in our minds. What the Chimps think about all this we will see later on!
Yesterday Luk Chai enjoyed a massive iceblock in the barn with mum Thong Dee. The bucket-sized iceblock filled with treats was like a massive paddle pop with a bamboo stick poking out the end for Thong Dee to pick up with her trunk.
Today we released the 100 kilogram Green Turtle, ‘Big Lady’ that we have been looking after at the Wildlife Hospital.
Meet Allambie and Lilli Pilli, our two Koala joeys which have just made their debut out of the pouch. The pair are between 10 to 12 months of age and are becoming more independent as they grow. Allambie is a bit shy and is not to fond of the keepers while Lilli Pilli is the opposite and often enjoys some leaves held up by the keeper for her to munch.
Luk Chai was busy splashing around during bath time today. He sat down in the bath and used his trunk to create a commotion. He’d lift his trunk high up in the air and suddenly drop it in to the water tub, splashing water all over himself.
Luk Chai has been busy playing with the bunch of small tyres again. We hung the tyres out in the paddock on a tree branch and he does a little mock charge at them. He likes to do a bit of a run up and bump them with his head.
Keepers today started their usual morning rounds only to find three tiny Barbary Sheep lambs had been born overnight. The mothers and their lambs are all doing well and we've already seen the young ones suckling from mum which is a great sign. The babies are very cute and are hiding in the rocky areas on the exhibit with mum keeping a close eye but over coming days they will start to get a bit more adventurous.
This morning a Barking Owl chick arrived to be raised by zookeeper Erin and then trained for the QBE Free Flight Bird Show.

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Public Notices

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.