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  1. Zoofan15

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    Gung is leaving Taronga Zoo

    TARONGA’S ASIAN ELEPHANT BULL IS MOVING TO DUBBO

    This January, Gung, the Asian Elephant bull currently cared for at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, will be moving to his new home at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

    Gung came to Taronga as a young bull and has since sired four calves. He’s been a very successful breeding male and it is now time for him to enter into the next stage of his life.

    Gung will be greeted by some familiar elephants when he arrives at Dubbo. His son, Luk Chai, is located there, as is Pathi Harn, the second Asian Elephant calf to be born at Taronga Zoo. Gung will become a mentor and positive role model to these younger Elephants as they grow up to be bulls themselves. He will also play an important role in ensuring the younger males are raised with the appropriate social skills.

    “In the wild, male Elephants will form lose bachelor groups and learn from the other bulls,” says Gabe Virgona, Unit Supervisor of Elephants and Ungulates at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. “If there are a lot of resources around, you will also have bigger groups forming.”

    Once Gung has arrived and settled into his new home at Dubbo, he will also have the chance to breed with the female Elephants based at Taronga Western Plains. “Moving the males around is a good way to ensure there is genetic diversity in the regional population,” Gabe says.

    Several of the Elephant Keepers at Dubbo have strong bonds with Gung, having worked with him before, and are looking forward to his arrival. Gung’s routine at Dubbo will also be relatively similar to what he experienced in Sydney. “We run very similar programs here and at Dubbo. So all of the feeding, cleaning and husbandry tasks that he is normally used to will also be performed out there,” says Gabe. “We are sad to see Gung go but are also looking forward to seeing where this next part of his life takes him,” he adds.

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    When is Gung moving to Taronga Western Plains Zoo? Planning and logistics for the transfer of Gung are currently being organised, and it’s expected that he will be moved in late January.

    How will he transported there? A specially designed crate will be fixed onto a truck. Our Elephant Keepers have begun implementing a training and conditioning plan to ensure Gung is familiar and comfortable with the crate prior to the move occurring. When he travels to Dubbo, Gung will be accompanied by staff from Taronga Sydney and Taronga Western Plains.

    Will the females elephants at Taronga Zoo Sydney miss Gung? Natural female Elephant herds are matriarchal lead and are made up of a group of related females. This is what we have supported at Taronga Zoo. Pak Boon, Tukta and Jai Dee, with the support from Tang Mo, have established a natural herd. When a male matures, he leaves the herd and can live at times with other males or alone. Males and female herds do not naturally spend long periods of time together.

    What will Gung’s life be like at Taronga Western Plains Zoo? Gung will have interactions with the young bulls, acting as a role model to them, as well as with the female Elephants and the calves that they produce together. Gung will also have daily interaction with the Keepers, during which time he will receive enrichment and stimulation to make sure he stays fit and healthy. He will have access to sand baths, pools to swim in and mud wallows, and his days will be similar to what he experienced at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
     
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    That’s good news that Gung will be getting more space and better chances to socialise with other elephants, hopefully this will make for a happier life for him. This lead to the question though, will Taronga be getting another bull or continue with just AI. If no new bull comes what would happen to Gungs enclosure? Is there any chance it could be connected to the cows paddock (via a path way or something like that) to form a larger paddock and offer better walking/exercise opportunities??
     
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    I'm not familiar enough with the layout of Taronga to comment on whether that's possible but Phase 7 of Taronga's 10 year redevelopment plan outlines plans for "A scenic path traversing the zoo where Elephants will walk."

    Taronga Zoo - Taronga Zoo 10 Year Development Plan
     
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    I think Putra Mas (1989) at Perth Zoo or Ongard (2010) at Melbourne Zoo are both strong possibilities for Taronga's new breeding bull.
     
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    A walking path for elephants could be possible where the current gorilla enclosure is after the new enclosure is built, I know this isn’t certain but just a possibility.
     
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    news phase australia habitat ?
     
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    I would like to see the Perth bull also taken to Dubbo since he is the only other adult bull in the region, living with two non breeding females will not ideal breeding wise
     
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    I think Melbourne Zoo would be a better option for Putra Mas (1989) as they have four Asian elephant cows that will be potentially breeding in the next few years, versus Dubbo which has only two, and will have Gung as of the end of this month to breed with.

    If Putra Mas moved to Melbourne Zoo, the two young bulls could either go to Taronga, or they could attempt to integrate them with the similar aged young bulls at Dubbo.
     
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    Feathertail Glider Breeding Success

    SUCCESSFUL BREEDING OF THE WORLD'S SMALLEST GLIDERS

    Taronga Zoo is celebrating the breeding success of more than 20 Feathertail Glider infants, one of the smallest mammals in the world.

    Twelve different female adult Feathertail Glider’s fell pregnant at a similar time with the Joeys, they now care communally for one another’s young.

    The emergence of the Joeys from their mother’s pouch typically occurs after around 63 days when the pouch usually gets so large that her feet cannot touch the ground.

    Keepers can’t be sure exactly how many Joeys have been born as the speedy little gliders race around their exhibit gliding between branches, however they estimate to have spotted approximately 20.

    The remarkable breeding success means the tiny gliders will become important ambassadors for their species, said Australian Fauna Keeper Rob Dockerill.

    “We were the first Zoo to ever breed these tiny marsupials so it’s always exciting when such a large group like this is born,” said Keeper Rob.

    “When they’re born they’re only half the size of a grain of rice. The adults only weigh 13 grams and are about 7cm long,” he said.

    “We started breeding the gliders in 1988 and in only the past decade we’ve seen up to 200 joeys emerge,” he said.

    Not a lot is known about the number of these tiny animals in the wild. While there appear to be no major threats to this species, gliders may be locally threatened by logging of forests as well as predation by feral cats and foxes.

    Keen-eyed guests can spot the Joeys with the 30 or so adult gliders scurrying around their home in the Australian Nightlife Exhibit.

    “They’re great to watch racing around their exhibit because the microscopic hairs on their feet mean that they can run up glass, so there is always a lot of action happening in the Australian Nightlife Exhibit,” Keeper Rob said.
     
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    I have just seen a photo online of a sign at the giraffe exhibit which says that they will moving to another exhibit in the zoo for construction of the African savannah (hence the appearance of a crate in the enclosure). Does anyone know where they could be moving to in the zoo? An option that came to my mind was Gung's enclosure which is now vacant but I assume it would have to be modified a bit for the giraffes if they did move here.
     
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    They are moving to Gung's exhibit after they fix it up. So that it is giraffe friendly.
     
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    does anyone know if this zoo has salt water crocs?
     
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    Yes, on the way between "Backyard to Bush" to "Southern Oceans".
     
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    ooohhh very nice hope he/she is a big one
     
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    If you're going to Sydney and want a big crocodile, the Sydney Wildlife or whatever it's called now had a big one (I'm assuming they still do).
     
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    Well the more zoos with big crocs the better. But I hope what is probably best zoo in Australia would have a big saltie
     
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    If you want to have a close look at one, Sydney Wild Life is better for salties as Chlidonias suggested.
     
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    so they let you get closer to the big crocs at Sydney Wildlife?