Mek Kapah
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Melbourne Zoo in Australia

♀ Mek Kapah
Bong Su, Dokkoon, Num Oi, Kulab and Mek Kapah. Melbourne Zoo 2008. Photo: © Molly Flora.
Bong Su, Dokkoon, Num Oi, Kulab and Mek Kapah. Melbourne Zoo 2008. Photo: © Molly Flora.


Local id Number 780012
ASMP nr49


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 51 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1973 wild
Birth place: in Malaysia unspecified location
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Melbourne Zoo, in Australia

Date of arrival

1978-05-11Melbourne Zoo
from Negara National Zoo

Record history
History of updates2023-08-24

Latest document update2021-11-13 18:08:55
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Mek Kapah is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Melbourne Zoo, in Australia.

Mek Kapah arrived in 1978-05-11 to the Melbourne Zoo, relocated from the Negara National Zoo, in Malaysia.


Mek Kapah lives together with 8 other elephants at the Melbourne Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Aiyara born 2022-11-16
  2. Dokkoon born 1993
  3. Kati born 2023-01-01
  4. Kulab born 2000
  5. Luk Chai born 2009-07-04
  6. Mali born 2010-01-16
  7. Num-Oi born 2001
  8. Roi-Yim born 2022-11-25


Mek Kapah was born wild 1973 at Malaysia unspecified location.

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Wildborn in Terenganu.

The two oldest residing elephants of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Park, Bong Su and Mek Kapah, arrived in 1977 and 1978, respectively. They would remain together alone until the import of three Juvenile females from Thailand in 2006.

The $15 million "Trail of the Elephants" exhibit opened in 2003, the result of preparations for building a regional captive elephant breeding program, one of the first in Australia. Under a joint collaboration between the Melbourne and Taronga Zoos, eight elephants were imported from Thailand’s successful and large domestic breeding population. Legal action and protests, located in both Thailand and Australia, delayed the elephants’ importation for two years after quarantine in both southern Thailand and the Cocos Islands. Diplomatic and ministerial negotiations between the two countries succeeded and, in November 2006, the eight animals were flown to the Avalon Airport by a Russian Ilyushin cargo plane and delivered to their new homes via tray trucks. Females Num-Oi, Kulab and Dokkoon found new home in Melbourne, while females Tong Dee, Tang Mao, Porntip, and Pak Boon and male Gung made residence in Sydney.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Mek Kapah, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Melbourne Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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