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Taronga Western Plains Zoo invites everyone to celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s new open access Visitor Plaza at a FREE Wild Day Out community event on Sunday 28 November 2010 from 11am – 3pm.
We officially named our calf today, “Tuk Ta” (pronounced ‘ took tuh’) it means ‘doll’ in Thai.
Earlier this year I travelled to Mongolia to monitor released captive bred Przewalski Horses (Takhi) at Hustai National Park.
The new calf loves being hosed so much we thought we would encourage her to go for a swim in the waterfall pool.
All the elephants were dust bathing around the big dirt mound in the top paddock after their baths this morning. The boys were playing and having fun when the new calf decided to join in too.
Our new calf readily walked onto the scales this morning and she is still her birth weight of 120kg.
The female calf spent more time in the paddock with the rest of the herd today. The other calves, Luk Chai and Pathi Harn, seem to be more interested with her and Luk chai was seen looping his trunk around hers.
The calf is doing well. She is starting to move about more readily and is starting to spend a bit more time with her aunties.
Today the new calf was integrated into the whole herd. Tang Mo, Thong Dee and Luk Chai all greeted her with enthusiasm and touched her with their trunks.
Today the new calf and mum Pak Boon spent a lot of the day in the lower paddock of The Rainforest Trail with Porntip and Pathi Harn.

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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.