Chaba an Asian elephant at Melbourne Zoo

♀ Chaba
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

Alternative name:Dokkoon


Chip id Number11-6736-646A
Local id Number A60410
ASMP nr58


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 28 years old
Born:* 1993 captive-born
Birth place:
Freight:Air cargo
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 2010-01-16 Mali Local id: B00002

2. Born 2013-12-08 Man Jai
Present / last location:Melbourne Zoo, in Australia

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2006-11-06Melbourne Zoo
from Cocos Island Animal Quarantine Station
Cocos Island Animal Quarantine Station 2006-07-30
from Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal

Document updated2010-01-15: Image, Text, Birth of calf
2010-11-30: nr
2011-04-19: prev locations
2012-03-13: chip nr
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Chaba is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), located at Melbourne Zoo, in Australia.

Chaba arrived Melbourne Zoo 2006-11-06, relocated from Cocos Island Animal Quarantine Station, in Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

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

  1. Kulab born 2000
  2. ,
  3. Luk Chai born 2009-07-04
  4. ,
  5. Mali born 2010-01-16
  6. ,
  7. Man Jai born 2013-12-08
  8. ,
  9. Mek Kapah born 1973
  10. ,
  11. Num-Oi born 2001
  12. , (see detailed list).


  1. (F) 2010-01-16 Mali Local id: B00002
  2. (M) 2013-12-08 Man Jai


Chaba was born captive-born 1993. and imported 2004, Air cargo

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Stated parents: Dame: Aom-Moon Sire: Chow.

In March 2008, fifteen year old Dokkoon was artificially inseminated by elephant fertility experts from Berlin and zoo vets with sperm from the zoo’s bull, Bong Su. She was confirmed pregnant in June via ultrasound. She was the first elephant in Australia to conceive a calf through AI and gave birth in January 2010 to a female calf.

The new calf, born to seventeen year old first time mother Dokkoon, set several records. She was the first elephant born in the 147-year history of the Melbourne Zoo and the first elephant born via artificial insemination in Australia. She was the second elephant born in Australia, following the birth of a male calf in July 2009 at the Taronga Zoo. She joined the current herd of three females, her dam, and her sire, Bong Su.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Chaba, an Asian elephant at Melbourne Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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