Taronga was thrilled to announce the birth of the first Asian Elephant calf at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. The male calf was born at 3:50pm on Wednesday 2nd November to experienced mother Thong Dee.
The calf has been officially named ‘Sabai’ meaning peaceful, happiness, relaxed or comfortable in Thai.
The name Sabai was suggested by Belle Lordan of Dubbo as part of a naming competition presented by the Daily Telegraph. Keepers chose the name as the whole team felt it was fitting of his personality and demeanour and really suited a male elephant.
The elephant calf can be seen on exhibit with mother, Thong Dee and aunty, Porntip.
Visit our elephant calf from 10am – 2:00pm daily.
Sabai is almost one month old and is continuing to progress well, meeting all the key milestones for a calf his age. He is very strong and confident and is steadily gaining weight
Sabai is like most elephants and really loves the water, whether he is being hosed down by his keepers or splashing about in a shallow pool
Visitors may notice that the calf spends time with both mother and aunty separately on exhibit. This is because the herd is very family orientated and all adults in the herd help to raise calves. Aunty Porntip is being very attentive and caring towards the calf and often gives Thong Dee the opportunity to eat on her own while she looks after the calf. Visitors may often see Sabai running from one adult to the other on exhibit.