TARONGA Western Plains Zoo is experiencing a baby boom - just in time for the autumn school holidays.
Two new arrivals creating plenty of interest are baby giraffes Akachi (male) and Volta (female) who were both born in January.
Both calves were born to experienced mothers who showing all the right maternal behaviours.
The calves are nursing regularly and their mothers always have a close eye on them, not letting them venture too far.
“The calves are generally most active in the mornings and love having a gallop around the paddock to stretch their legs,” keeper Jack Foley said.
“They have also grown in confidence over the past month and are now coming down to the front of the exhibit with the rest of the herd at the daily Giraffes in Focus encounter.”
The zoo has also recently welcomed two spider monkey babies, who are doing well and can be spotted from the viewing area clinging tightly to their mothers.
And six takhi foals have been over the past year, including four born late in 2018.
“It is such a great sight to see the six foals running with the takhi herd," Mr Foley said. "The foals really enjoy stretching their legs and galloping out on to the exhibit in the mornings together."
Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo has nine keeper talks daily. Keeper talks are a great way to learn about the animals and see them at feeding time.
The zoo is open every day of the holidays from 9am-4pm.