Taronga was thrilled to announce the birth of an Asian Elephant calf at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. The female calf was born at 3:07am on Thursday 13 June to experienced mother Porntip.
The calf has been officially named ‘Kanlaya’ meaning beautiful lady in Thai.
The name Kanlaya was chosen from over 5000 entries into a naming competition. Elephant Keepers from Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Perth Zoo, home to father Putras Mas, collaborated to choose the name as they felt it was fitting for a female elephant.
The elephant calf can be seen on exhibit with mother, Porntip and aunty, Thong Dee and older cousin Sabai who was born in late 2016.
You can visit our elephant calf from 10am – 2:00pm daily.
Kanlaya is one month old and is continuing to progress well, meeting all the key milestones for a calf her age. She is very strong and growing in confidence every day.
Kanlaya weighs 120kg and is continuing to gain weight steadily. Like most elephants she loves the water and is already starting to join the herd’s morning routine. While Porntip has a bath, keepers will often give Kanlaya a little warn hose down and even more recently a little scrub.
Kanlaya spends most of her time with mum Porntip often underneath her. As the calf gets older she will start to explore her surrounds a little more and venture away from Porntip from time to time.
WINNER ELEPHANT CALF NAMING COMPETITION
The winner of Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s elephant calf naming competition is R Frank, Sefton NSW.
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