Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Mek Kapah at Melbourne Zoo

♀ 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 ♀ 48 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1973 wild
Birth place:
Present / last location:Melbourne Zoo, in Australia

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1978-05-11Melbourne Zoo
from Negara National Zoo

Document updated2010-01-17: Management, Image, Text
2010-05-22: birth year, ASMP Nr
2012-03-13: origin
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Mek Kapah is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at Melbourne Zoo, in Australia.

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

In Melbourne Zoo, Mek Kapah lives together with 6 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Chaba born 1993
  2. ,
  3. Kulab born 2000
  4. ,
  5. Luk Chai born 2009-07-04
  6. ,
  7. Mali born 2010-01-16
  8. ,
  9. Man Jai born 2013-12-08
  10. ,
  11. Num-Oi born 2001
  12. , (see detailed list).


Mek Kapah was born wild 1973.

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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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Mek Kapah, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Melbourne Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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