Zoo Chat | Baby animals galore this spring holiday

From new giraffe calves, to a rare black rhino calf and a hippo calf, there’s an abundance of baby animals for visitors to see these spring holidays.

And the good news is, Dubbo locals can access discounted Taronga Western Plains Zoo entry and Zoo Friends annual passes.

Zuberi and Kibo, the zoo’s six- and seven-week old Giraffe calves, are a sight to behold this spring as they grow in confidence and explore their surroundings.

ON SHOW: From new giraffe calves, to a rare black rhino calf and a hippo calf, there’s an abundance of baby animals for visitors to see these spring holidays. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ON SHOW: From new giraffe calves, to a rare black rhino calf and a hippo calf, there’s an abundance of baby animals for visitors to see these spring holidays. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Mesi, the zoo’s black rhino calf born in April, has been enjoying the sunshine, now eating hay alongside her mother, Kufara.

Meanwhile, the zoo has announced Bakhita (Mesi’s grandmother) is pregnant and expecting a calf in mid-October.

There are an impressive 10 free talks daily included with the cost of zoo entry, which you can experience at your leisure...

Hippo calf Kendi has a newfound relationship with her older sister, Kibibi, while Sabai, the Asian elephant calf, has realised just how fun the elephant pool can be as the weather warms up.

There are some truly special ways to connect with wildlife at the zoo. You can get up close to the quirky meerkats on one of our pre-booked animal encounters, or watch the fascinating African wild dog feed, as part of our daily keeper talks.

There are an impressive 10 free talks daily included with the cost of zoo entry, which you can experience at your leisure as you meander around the zoo circuit.

In addition to baby animal viewing, the spring months are the perfect time to get out into the great outdoors and explore the zoo by two wheels or four wheels, or even on foot. There are carts and bicycles available for hire, or you can bring your own car or bicycle.

Looking for activities for kids aged five to 12?

The zoo adventures program from September 26 through to October 6 is a great way for children to learn to ‘live for the wild’.

From discovering the amazing athletes of the animal kingdom, to greeting the zoo’s slimier inhabitants, there’s a whole host of fantastic sessions being held during the holiday period.

A wild adventure awaits at the zoo these spring holidays.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is open every day of the school holidays from 8.30am - 5pm.

For more info on Mates Rates or annual passes, visit taronga.org.au/locals.