Latest Taronga Zoo Stories

2010-03-10 14:55:00

A baby elephant that keepers believed to have died during a strenuous 9-day labor was born alive at an Australian zoo on Wednesday, defying expert judgments that consider such an outcome would have been a "miracle". The Taronga Zoo, based in Sydney, said Monday that the calf died after becoming trapped in the womb in such a position that they believed it had no chance of surviving the birth. But the baby elephant was delivered showing signs of life early Wednesday morning and by afternoon...

2009-07-06 06:09:19

A 265-pound elephant was born in Australia on an effort to help to conserve the scarce Asian elephant. The male was born in Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Saturday and was vigorous and created curious responses from its herd, zoo officials announced. Thong Dee, an elephant brought to the zoo in 2006 after several logging camps were shut down, gave birth to the calf. "Thong Dee's maternal instincts are kicking in, and she's being very protective of the newborn," elephant keeper Kat published on a zoo...

2008-12-31 18:53:57

Australian wildlife officials said an American alligator found at a campsite in Pambula was likely a former pet. The National Parks and Wildlife Service said the 5-foot-long alligator, which was caught by vacationing snake handler Hans Rasker, was likely an exotic pet that either escaped or was released into the wild, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday. Senior ranger Robin Kesby said releasing exotic animals into the wild is illegal. The animal was taken into care by wires...

2006-07-31 06:45:00

BANGKOK - Eight elephants, whose shipment to Australia was blocked by protesters last month, were due to leave Thailand on Sunday after their convoy managed to get away from a rally to stop them from leaving the quarantine center. The elephants traveled in a motorcade of trucks guarded by police motorcycles on a six-hour journey late on Saturday to the eastern naval airport of U-Tapao, as activists were racing their cars on highways trying to stop the trip, but blocked by police. The animals,...

2006-06-06 04:05:00

By Chaiwat Subprasom KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- Thai activists formed a human blockade at an animal quarantine site on Tuesday to prevent a convoy of elephants leaving for Australian zoos, a last bid to stop a controversial animal-exchange plan. Dozens of people sat in front of the site's gate in the western province of Kanchanaburi as the eight elephants, in quarantine for 20 months, stood confined in 10-wheeler trucks. Staff sprinkled the elephants with water and fed them grass and coconuts...

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