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Caring for Ageing Elephants

Elephant aged care program
Three of the elephants at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are considered to be in their twilight years. To ensure all three females maintain good health and a high quality of life as they grow older, keepers and veterinarians at the Zoo have put in place a special care program to assist with age related matters.


Cuddles is a female African Elephant who arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 1977 from the United Kingdom. An attention seeker and people pleaser, she enjoys interacting with keepers.