Keepers and veterinarians at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are very pleased by the early progress of Asian Elephant calf Kanlaya.
Born on 14 June to mother Porntip and father Putra Mas (Perth Zoo’s bull via artificial insemination) she has been making big strides.
Kanlaya has demonstrated that she is a fast learner and has settled into her daily routine already. She now weighs 184kg and is exceptionally confident.
Kanlaya still enjoys staying underneath her mum most of the time, but is very self-assured when it comes to going through the raceways out on to exhibit every day.
She is also starting to venture away from Porntip for short periods whilst on exhibit to explore her surrounds.
Kanlaya recently started learning how to use her trunk to pick up hay and other foods like apple, sweet potato and palm fronds.
It generally takes 6 – 12 months for an elephant calf to learn how to use their trunk properly so this is just the first stage in that learning process.
Keepers are thrilled with how Porntip is once again proving to be a very maternal and patient mother. She is very attentive and caring towards her calf.
Porntip will regularly guide Kanlaya back to her using her trunk, especially when Sabai her older cousin is close by.
BABY KOALA AT DUBBO
A new addition has emerged at Taronga Western Plains Zoo with a male Koala joey now visible out of his mother’s pouch in the Aussie walkthrough exhibit.
The Koala joey is approximately six months old and is yet to be named.
This is the third joey for experienced mother Rosea. She has always been a great mother and is once again being very caring and nurturing towards her joey.
“We are really happy with how both mother and joey are doing.
“The joey is growing and developing well, he is quite curious and reasonably confident for his age,” keeper Shannon Rover said.
“The joey is currently spending most of his time on the tummy area of Rosea but in the next couple of weeks he will explore further and start riding on Rosea’s back.”
Visitors may see the new joey clinging to mum Rosea throughout the day.
The best time to see the pair is from mid-morning to lunch time, especially on a warmer day.
“Koala joeys generally will stay clinging to mum till approximately 10 months of age and then start to become more independent and begin exploring their surrounds a little,” said Shannon.
Koala joeys stay with their mother for up to 12 months of age.
“They will start to roam further and further away from their mother as they reach this age, exploring their surroundings before becoming fully independent.