Perth Zoo in Australia

Perth Zoo

Address 20 Labouchere Rd
Zip-code 6151
Place South Perth
Region Western Australia
Country Australia
Website Website

Directors 1898-1935: Ernest Albert Le Souef (director)
William Henry Dudley Le Souef (1856-1923)
Wendy Attenborough

Key People 1977-1987: Richard Wilson (zookeeper)

Veterinarians 1997-2003: Simone Vitali (veterinarian)
2003-2021: Simone Vitali (head veterinarian)

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Joseph Noble
(elephant head-keeper)
1934-1935: W. Carlisle
(elephant trainer)
1987-1997: Richard Wilson
(elephant head-keeper)
1998-now: Steve Edmunds
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers 2002: Steve Edmunds
2012-now: Gavin Bourchier
Record history
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Perth Zoo, located at 20 Labouchere Rd, in South Perth, Australia .

Living elephants

At the Perth Zoo lives 2 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Permai born 1989
  2. Putra Mas born 1989

Taxidermy specimens

Perth Zoo has in its collection 1 elephantine museum specimens with records in this database:

(Measurements of teeth and body parts follow the system described by Maglio (1973; P = plate number, L = length, W = width, H = height, LF = lamellar frequency)

    Dolly Accession nr: . Received: 1935-02-04 Dolly
    Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
    * Born 1931? at Sumatra unspecified location † Dead 1935-02-04 at Perth Zoo
    Death: disease Death reason:

Comments / pictures

Perth Zoo in Australia AustraliaCrowds of people watching elephants arriving by ship at Fremantle Harbour for Perth Zoo, 1963-01-23. Credit: PerthNow, Supplied

Perth Zoo in Australia Australia

Migrants in employment in Australia - Joseph Noble works at South Perth Zoo, he was an animal trainer and stunt man in many Hollywood films before coming to Australia. He left Scotland 40 years ago. Here he is with two recently imported elephants, Tricia and Tania.

In 1962 two female Asiatic elephant calves arrived. They were named Tricia and Tania in a newspaper competition. In 1967 Nancy Le Souef, daughter of the first Director, retired after spending her whole working life and her childhood at the Zoo. Nancy has some interesting memories of the Zoo as a child. When Jumbaroo, an Asiatic elephant, was delivered he came by ferry to the Mends St Jetty and was enticed
through the streets to the Zoo by being offered bananas.

Historical notes

Perth Zoo has unveiled its new $5 million elephant enclosure.
The exhibit is three times the size of the previous enclosure and features mud wallows, scratching posts, drinking fountains and new barn facilities.
The Environment Minister Donna Faragher says the redevelopment of the 20 year old exhibit was funded by the State Government and provides significant benefits for the elephants and for visitors to Perth Zoo.
"The redevelopment, the largest capital works project at Perth Zoo for more than 15 years, provides more space, new facilities and new Enrichment activities for the elephants.
The enclosure includes a grove of rainforest trees for the female elephants, 52 year old Tricia and 19 year old Permai.
The bull elephant, Putra Mas now has exclusive use of the original elephant yard.

Elephants Wallow in New Enclosure at Perth Zoo, 01/09/2009

References for records about Perth Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Perth Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

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Perth Zoo is mentioned on Elephant News:

DateLinks which opens in new window
2017-03-05Perth zoo denies 'elephant yoga class' abuse claims - Elephant News
2017-01-24Perth zoo stalwart tricia turns 60, 'doing well' despite slowing down - Elephant News
2016-12-14Perth zoo hits back at petition to stop elephant painting - Elephant News
2013-11-22Perth zoo elephant gets massage therapy - Elephant News
2012-01-25Tricia the elephant marks 55th birthday - Elephant News
Perth zoo: elephant keeper - Elephant News

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