End of an era for elephants
PERTH Zoo will no longer have one of its biggest drawcard attractions once the elephants are moved to new homes.
On the Perth Zoo’s 120th anniversary last week, it was announced that its elephant exhibition will close once elephant matriarch Tricia dies.
Although there is no immediate concern for the 61year-old Asian elephant’s health, Perth Zoo veterinary staff said she was feeling age-related aches and pains.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the oldest elephant in captivity in Australia lived to 63.
Mr Dawson said once Tricia died, the remaining elephants – Putra Mas and Permai – would be moved to other zoos.
Mr Dawson said Perth Zoo could not be further developed to include a bigger elephant exhibit.
Tricia the elephant will be one of the last elephants kept at Perth Zoo.