End of an era for ele­phants

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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