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During the recent hot weather the elephant herd have been spending some extra time in their cool mud wallow.
Orphaned animals are regularly brought to Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital however; it is not very often that they are a baby Dusty Moorhen. This young Dusty Moorhen was brought to the Zoo by a member of the public after being found on its own at the Narromine weir.
This breeding season has been one of Taronga’s most successful. In the last few months 16 Little Penguin chicks have hatched and there are 10 more on the way!
The Red Jungle Fowl chicks have quadrupled in size! They were just 30 grams and now at just over 20 days old they’re 147 grams. That’s a lot of growth.
A Lace Monitor (often referred to as a Goanna) was brought into Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital in early December by a member of the public after it was hit by a car.
Luk Chai continues to love his daily bath time, but given that he now weighs over 288 kilos he makes quite a splash!
As we’re coming to the end of the year and decade one last Chimpanzee update seems appropriate.Overall they’re enjoying their new surrounds, in particular, the cool of the den areas.
After weeks of intensive effort put in by trainer Erin Stone, with our Peregrine Falcon Clarkie, decided he was ready to be released last Wednesday. Originally we wanted to release Clarkie in January but with it being a very windy day on Xmas Eve, the falcon decided it was time to go.
Ripley is on her way at being one of the newest stars of Taronga’s Free Flight Bird Show but, part of her training includes flying out of tricky situations.
The Oriental Small Clawed Otters got into the spirit of the season with a Christmas feast of an unusual kind.

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A very fluffy Lesser Sooty Owl chick has recently joined the Bird Show team! http://t.co/kE6SuKXBXH http://t.co/GaRV2VIcx7
Meet our favourite fluff ball, Griffin! This Sooty Owl chick is being hand raised to be an ambassador for his species http://t.co/HHMlBtTIup
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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.