Elephants at zoo locations in Australia


19 zoo locations has kept elephants in Australia
There is presently 25 (8,17) living elephants in zoo locations in Australia (in this database)

Region: Australia is in this database included in australiaOther regions
Location holdings:

19 zoo locations has kept 81 elephants in Australia

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in zoo locations25 (8,17) living56 (11,44) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  8 / 25 
 32%
 Female  17 / 25 
 68%
 Free contact  12 / 25 
 48%
 Protected contact  10 / 25 
 40%
 No contact  0 / 25  0%
 Unknown contact  3 / 25 
 12%
 wild  0 / 25  0%

The first importation of elephants into Australia appears to be in late 1851 when a male and female elephant from Dacca, India were shipped from Calcutta on board the ship Golden Saxon. She came into port at Hobart. The male elephant was sold at auction, and was exhibited around various hotels in Hobart before he was shipped to Melbourne, before ending up in Adelaide where he ended up pulling a plow. The elephant was named "Tommy" It appears he died around 1860, however I still have to confirm a definite death date on this animal.
Liz Clark

Theres a large selection of photos of elephants in Australia at State Library of New South Wales


Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Australia.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others


Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • News about elephants in Australia (From the sister site Elephant News)


  • External relevant links

    NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Adelaide Zoo
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated3 deathszooAdelaide
    (map)
    South Australia
    Australia Zoo
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 4 present (0,4)0 births1 relocated2 deathszooBeerwah
    (map)
    Sunshine Coast districtQueenslandnortheastern Australia
    Bullens African Lion Safari in Beenleigh
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooBeenleighQueensland
    Bullens African Lion Safari in Rockbank
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooRockbank VictoriaRockbank Victoria
    Bullens Animal World
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births4 relocated4 deathszooWallaciaNew South Wales
    Bullens Lion Safari Park
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathszooSydney
    (map)
    New South Wales
    Cremorne Hotel Gardens
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooUnley
    (map)
    Highfield Hall (Ellis Stanley Joseph)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathszooSydney
    (map)
    Hobart Beaumaris Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooHobart
    (map)
    Tasmania
    Melbourne Zoo
    Kept totally 20 elephants
    , 7 present (2,5)5 births5 relocated8 deathszooMelbourne
    (map)
    Monarto Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathszooMonarto
    (map)
    South Australia
    Perth Zoo
    Kept totally 13 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)0 births6 relocated4 deathszooSouth Perth
    (map)
    Western Australia
    Sir Joseph Banks Hotel Zoological Gardens (William Beaumont)
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated2 deathszooBotany
    (map)
    New South Wales
    Sydney Zoo (Bungarribee)
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (2,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathszooBungarribee
    (map)
    New South Wales
    Sydney Zoo (Moore Park)
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births5 relocated1 deathszooMoore Park, Sydney
    (map)
    New South Wales
    Sydney Zoo (Taronga)
    Kept totally 41 elephants
    , 2 present (0,2)4 births19 relocated20 deathszooSydney
    (map)
    Taronga Western Plains Zoo
    Kept totally 18 elephants
    , 6 present (3,3)2 births1 relocated11 deathszooDubbo
    (map)
    New South Wales
    Werribee Open Range Zoo
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathszooWerribee
    (map)
    Werribee SouthVictoria
    Wonderland City
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooSydney
    (map)
    New South Wales



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