Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Bullen\'s Circus in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Boonga  dead elephant

Alternative name: Boon Nga



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ maybe about 26 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1928? unknown
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Freight:by ship from Singapore
Dead: 1954-07-12?
Death location: Bullen's Circus Gayndah in Queensland Australia
Death reason: trauma: died during a a big storm
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Bullen\'s Circus, in Australia

Date of arrival

1953-07-01Bullen\'s Circus
from Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo

1953-03-23Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo
from Sydney Harbour Port Jackson

1953-00-23Sydney Harbour Port Jackson
from Port of Singapore

1953-00-00Port of Singapore
from Asia unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2023-08-22

Latest document update2021-08-19 14:08:29
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† Boonga is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1954-07-12? at Bullen\'s Circus, in Australia, . Official death reason described as died during a a big storm.


Boonga was born unknown 1928? at Asia unspecified location. and imported 1953, by ship from Singapore

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Claimed to be 25 years upon arrival in Sydney from Singapore.

Boonga entered quarantine in Australia on 23rd of March 1953 and joined Bullens’ Circus about 1 July 1953.

Records from Gavan Donoghue
From what I gather in the storm she slipped down a steep hill, was injured and couldn’t get up, possibly broke her pelvis as I note a witness said her back legs ‘split’. Eventually she was euthanised. A sad tale. It seems she only lived for a bit over a year in Australia. She was said to be 25 years old on arrival.
Gavan Donoghue
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Boonga, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Bullen\'s Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Gavan Donoghue, Australia

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