Elephant locations in Australia

38 locations has kept elephants in Australia

There is presently 24 (8,16) living elephants in locations in Australia (in this database)

Region: Australia is in this database included in australiaOther regions
Location holdings:

38 location has kept 141 elephants in Australia

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in locations24 (8,16) living117 (14,100) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  8 / 24 
 33%
 Female  16 / 24 
 67%
 Free contact  20 / 24 
 83%
 Protected contact  3 / 24 
 13%
 No contact  0 / 24  0%
 Unknown contact  1 / 24 
 4%
 wild  0 / 24  0%

The first importation of elephants into Australia appears to be in late 1851 when a male and female elephant from Dacca, India were shipped from Calcutta on board the ship Golden Saxon. She came into port at Hobart. The male elephant was sold at auction, and was exhibited around various hotels in Hobart before he was shipped to Melbourne, before ending up in Adelaide where he ended up pulling a plow. The elephant was named "Tommy" It appears he died around 1860, however I still have to confirm a definite death date on this animal.
Liz Clark

Theres a large selection of photos of elephants in Australia at State Library of New South Wales

Sources, among others

  • Liz Clark, http://circuszooanimals.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-first-elephants-in-australasia.html

Internal relevant links

NameElephant collectionTypePlaceRegion
Adelaide Zoo
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated3 deathszooAdelaideSouth Australia
Ashtons Circus
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated4 deathscircusSans Souci
Australia Zoo
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated2 deathszooBeerwahQueensland
Bullens African Lion Safari in Beenleigh
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooBeenleighQueensland
Bullens African Lion Safari in Rockbank
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooRockbank VictoriaRockbank Victoria
Bullens Animal World
Kept totally 8 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births4 relocated3 deathszooWallaciaNew South Wales
Bullens Circus
Kept totally 21 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births11 relocated10 deathscircus
Bullens Lion Safari Park
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathszooSydneyNew South Wales
Cells Brothers Circus
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated3 deathscircus
Cremorne Hotel Gardens
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooUnley
Eronis Circus
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscircusMelbourne
FitzGerald Brothers' Circus and Menagerie
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
Fritz Schultz
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsdealer
Gepps Cross Hotel (Mr Matthews)
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateAdelaideSouth Australia
Goldwyn Brothers circus
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated4 deathscircus
Hagens Circus
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
Hobart Beaumaris Zoo
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooHobartTasmania
Lennon Brothers Circus
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated0 deathscircus
Monarto Zoological Park
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathszooMonartoSouth Australia
Mr J. Thomas
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateTasmania
Pagels Circus (Greg Bullen Circus)
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
Pagens circus
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
Perry Brothers circus
Kept totally 9 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births3 relocated5 deathscircus
Perth Zoo
Kept totally 13 elephants
, 3 present (1,2)0 births6 relocated4 deathszooSouth PerthWestern Australia
Ridgeways circus
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated4 deathscircusSydney
Royal Melbourne Zoological Park
Kept totally 18 elephants
, 8 present (3,5)5 births4 relocated6 deathszooMelbourne
Silvers Circus (Mervyn King)
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscircus
Sir Joseph Banks Hotel Zoological Gardens (William Beaumont)
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated2 deathszooBotanyNew South Wales
Smiths Hotel (John Smith)
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateSmithfieldSouth Australia
Sole Brothers Circus
Kept totally 8 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated7 deathscircus
Stardust Circus
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated1 deathscircus
Sydney Zoo (Moore Park)
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births5 relocated1 deathszooMoore Park, Sydney
Taronga Zoo
Kept totally 40 elephants
, 4 present (1,3)3 births18 relocated18 deathszooSydney
Tex Mortens Circus
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
W.H Hartley
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
Western Plains Zoo
Kept totally 16 elephants
, 7 present (3,4)1 births0 relocated9 deathszooDubboNew South Wales
Wirth Circus
Kept totally 34 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births7 relocated27 deathscircusSydney
Wonderland City
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooSydneyNew South Wales
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