Giraffe born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Giraffe calf
Mother Tulli and father Unami welcomed their new calf on Wednesday, June 19. The yet-to-be named calf is the seventh baby his mother has given birth to.

After only one hour the calf was on his feet and feeding. In one day he was on exhibit with the other giraffes. Talk about a fast grower!

For more, visit Taronga Zoo.
To learn more about giraffes, visit our Giraffe Fact page.

Saving More Victims of the Australian Bushfires

Jilly, eastern grey kangaroo at Healesville Sanctuary

The Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia is continuing to help thousands of wildlife survivors from the bushfires that ravaged the area last month.  They have rescued and treated lyrebirds, echidnas, koalas, and kangaroos for severe burns.

Jilly, a baby eastern grey kangaroo pictured above, was treated for burns to her feet, paws and tail. She also suffered severe dehydration and weight loss after losing her mother to the fires, so the Healesville staff has taken to bottle feeding her.

Before they can release the animals back into the wild, they’ll need to assess the suitability of the habitat as much of the land is completely scorched.

For more info: Reuters

Baby Meerkats at Sydney Zoo


(Photos: Rick Stevens/Associated Press)

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is now home to baby meerkats Zanzibar and Nairobi, who are the first meerkats born at the zoo in nine years. Although they are only a month old, the pups are already eating solid food.  In the video you can see them happily gobbling up some grubs.

For more info about Zanzibar and Nairobi, see LA Times.

To learn more about meerkats in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Meerkat.

Australian Wildlife Death Toll in Millions Due to Fire

Sam the koala

The fire that has ravaged much of the landscape in Victoria, Australia has resulted in the death of many people and millions of native animals.

Wildlife rescuers are attempting to located injured animals, treat them, and release them into suitable habitat- a sizeable task considering the scorched, uninhabitable nature of the landscape.

For more info: LA Times

Stranded Pilot Whale Rescue a Success

Pilot whale rescue in Tasmania, Australia

Over the weekend, 64 pilot whales were stranded on the northern coast of Tasmania.  In general, it is rare to save any whales in a mass stranding such as this one, however, rescuers were able to release 11 of the whales back into the water.

Rescuers aren’t certain why the pilot whales got stranded, but scientist Rosemary Gales offered this theory:

“At Godfrey’s Beach where we are, it is very shallow and sloping. It has an extraordinary tide span and so the whales one minute can be in quite deep water and as soon as the tide changes, they get caught out and they are stranded essentially on sand bars and very shallow sloping beach.”

The scientists attached satellites to the ones who were released and have determined that the whales have regrouped into a small pod, thereby making the rescue a success.

For more info:
The Telegraph – “Australian rescuers save some of the stranded pilot whales”
The World Today – “Scientists monitor whales after beaching”