Taronga Western Plains Zoo has spent a large part of the past year refurbishing one of the Sumatran tiger exhibits which has now been re-opened for visitors to enjoy.
The new look exhibit now features a new viewing fence and shade shelters for visitors along with additional landscaping in the area.
Some new logs have been added to the exhibit as well as a new waterfall with a small pool for the Tigers to enjoy on those hot summer days.
The moat wall has also been refurbished as part of the project.
The first Sumatran tiger to explore the new exhibit was Sakiti. He went straight out in the morning, ate his breakfast and then spent plenty of time exploring and scent marking the exhibit. Sakiti was quite curious about the changes to the exhibit.
Following the autumn school holidays the second Sumatran tiger exhibit will be closed for a few weeks whilst it has the public viewing area is replaced with a new fence and some refurbishment is undertaken to the exhibit.
During this time visitors will be able to still see a Sumatran Tiger on the other exhibit.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is excited to announce that Asian Elephant Porntip is pregnant and expecting her second calf in July 2018.
Porntip was artificially inseminated in late 2016 with semen collected from Perth Zoo’s bull, Putra Mas.
This announcement marks almost two years since four Asian elephants – Thong Dee, Porntip, Luk Chai and Pathi Harn – arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo from Taronga Zoo in Sydney as the region’s conservation breeding program expanded.
Taronga also funds wildlife protection units and ranger stations in Thailand and Sumatra to help suppress elephant poaching.
The gestation for an Asian elephant is approximately 22 months. Asian elephants are classified as endangered with wild populations declining mainly due to habitat loss.
Sadly, there is estimated to be fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants remaining across 13 countries.