Mek Kapah at Royal Melbourne Zoological Park

Female Asian elephant Mek Kapah at Royal Melbourne Zoological Park

Bong Su, Dokkoon, Num Oi, Kulab and Mek Kapah. Melbourne Zoo 2008. Photo: © Molly Flora.
Mek Kapah
ID Number:Local id Number: 780012 -    ASMP Number: 49 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 44 years
Management:Free contact
Location:Royal Melbourne Zoological Park
ArrivedRoyal Melbourne Zoological Park 1978-05-11
from Negara National Zoo
Born:1973 wild Malaysia
Document updated2010-01-17: Management, Image, Text
2010-05-22: birth year, ASMP Nr
2012-03-13: origin
Wildborn in Terenganu.

The two oldest residing elephants of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Park, Bong Su and Mek Kapah, arrived in 1977 and 1978, respectively. They would remain together alone until the import of three juvenile females from Thailand in 2006.

The $15 million "Trail of the Elephants" exhibit opened in 2003, the result of preparations for building a regional captive elephant breeding program, one of the first in Australia. Under a joint collaboration between the Melbourne and Taronga Zoos, eight elephants were imported from Thailand’s successful and large domestic breeding population. Legal action and protests, located in both Thailand and Australia, delayed the elephants’ importation for two years after quarantine in both southern Thailand and the Cocos Islands. Diplomatic and ministerial negotiations between the two countries succeeded and, in November 2006, the eight animals were flown to the Avalon Airport by a Russian Ilyushin cargo plane and delivered to their new homes via tray trucks. Females Num-Oi, Kulab and Dokkoon found new home in Melbourne, while females Tong Dee, Tang Mao, Porntip, and Pak Boon and male Gung made residence in Sydney.

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