Taronga West­ern Plains Zoo, NSW

Holiday with Kids - - Animal Encounters -

It’s a boy! And not just a boy, but the first Asian ele­phant calf born in Dubbo, giv­ing Taronga vets the ex­it­ing new task of look­ing af­ter the devel­op­ment of this precious 180 kilo­grams of joy. Born in Novem­ber 2016 to ex­pe­ri­enced mother Thing Dee, Sabai is her sec­ond de­liv­ery fol­low­ing Luck Chai, the first calf born in Aus­tralia in 2009. The new ar­rival came on the 10th an­niver­sary of this ele­phant herd ar­riv­ing to Aus­tralia in 2006 from Thai­land. A strong lad, Sabai was on his feet 30 min­utes af­ter the birth and be­gan feed­ing within hours. Dubbo is also reel­ing with delight as four new­born lion cubs make their pub­lic de­but, as well as three chee­tah cubs, four ring-tailed le­murs and a Prze­wal­ski’s Horse foal.

Perth Zoo, WA

From koalas to mon­keys, there are ba­bies ev­ery­where at Perth Zoo. Tarini the koala joey ar­rived in May 2016, the first to be born within the zoo since 2001. This suc­cess­ful birth is the re­sult of a match­mak­ing sys­tem cre­ated as a con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme in or­der to pro­tect en­dan­gered species. Both baby Tarini and cham­pion mum Wanda have been spot­ted laz­ing and bond­ing around the trees of their recre­ated habi­tat.

The le­mur match­mak­ing team is also happy to an­nounce the birth of two beau­ti­ful ring-tailed le­mur twins, bring­ing hope while also high­light­ing the plight of this en­dan­gered species. The first ca­puchin mon­key born in the zoo since 2012 also came as a beau­ti­ful Christ­mas present for mum Lola and dad Elvis, who have been spot­ted around the trees, baby on back, nur­tur­ing and help­ing him grow.

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