Arna (Arnah) at Western Plains Zoo

Female Asian elephant Arna (Arnah) at Western Plains Zoo

Arna. Western Plains Zoo 2008. Photo: � Roger Brogan.
† Arna (Arnah)
ID Number:   ASMP Number: 67 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 54 years
Dead date: 2012-09-14
Death reason: age:
Location:Western Plains Zoo
ArrivedWestern Plains Zoo 2008-01-14
from Stardust Circus
Stardust Circus 1993-05-00
from Perry Brothers circus
Perry Brothers circus 1963-05-11
from Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo 1963-02-11
from Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)
Born:1958 wild
Document updated2009-01-04: Management, Text, Image
2009-01-25: Text
2010-11-30: nr
2012-03-15: arr date, prev loc.
2012-09-17: dead
2012-09-22: prev loc.
2013-05-21: studbook records
Contradictory records:
Records about Arna (Arnah) from Australasian Region Asian Elephant Studbook (2011)
67 F ~ 1960 UNK UNK UNKNOWN ~ 1960 ______ Birth ARNAH
MAYFIELDS ???? ______ Transfer
SYDNEY 1 Feb 1963 ______ Transfer
PERRY BRO 11 May 1963 ______ Transfer
STARDUST ~ May 1993


Exact arrival date in Adelaide not confirmed, its based on the claimed arrival for Tara.

The information about Arnas arrival came from Steve Robinson, former circus owner, who saw her in 1964. Arna originally went to Perry Bros and this is also mentioned in the book 'Sawdust in my shoes' by Dolly Lennon. Perry Bros were sold to the Lennon's in 1993 and this became Stardust.
Glenn Sullivan

Arna and Gigi were both donated to the Western Plains Zoo from the Stardust Circus after Arna crushed her 54 year old handler at the Yamba Showground on the NSW North Coast.

2012-09-14: Sadly on Friday evening, Arna the Asian Elephant passed away peacefully of age related illness. Arna was in her mid 50s and arrived at the Zoo in 2008.

Sources, among others

  • Australasian Region Asian Elephant Studbook (2011) Compiled by Jan Steele, Australia
  • http://www.zoochat.com/24/rip-arna-asian-elephant-291369/
  • Glenn Sullivan, Taronga Western Plains zoo
  • Zoo welcomes killer circus elephant
  • Australasian Region Asian Elephant Studbook (2004) compiled by David Pepper-Edwards, Australia

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