Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Arna  dead elephant
Arna. Western Plains Zoo 2008. Photo: Roger Brogan.
Arna. Western Plains Zoo 2008. Photo: Roger Brogan.
Alternative name: Arnah


ASMP nr67


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 54 years old

People killed:1: Ray Williams, elephant handler
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 2012-09-14
Death reason: age:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo, in Australia

Date of arrival

2008-01-14Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo
from Stardust Circus

1993-05-00Stardust Circus
from Perry Brothers Circus

1963-05-11Perry Brothers Circus
from Adelaide Zoo

1963-02-11Adelaide Zoo
from Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)

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† Arna is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2012-09-14 at Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo, in Australia, .


Arna was born wild 1958 at Asia unspecified location.

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Contradictory records:

Records about Arna 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 Last month, Asian elephant Arna trampled her 57-year-old handler Ray Williams 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.
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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Arna, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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