Chaba (Dokkoon) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Royal Melbourne Zoological Park

Female ♀ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Chaba (Dokkoon) at Royal Melbourne Zoological Park

Bong Su, Dokkoon, Num Oi, Kulab and Mek Kapah. Melbourne Zoo 2008. Photo: © Molly Flora
Chaba (Dokkoon)
ID Number:Chip id Number; 11-6736-646A
 - Local id Number: A60410 -    ASMP Number: 58 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 27 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Royal Melbourne Zoological Park
ArrivalRoyal Melbourne Zoological Park 2006-11-06
from Cocos Island Animal Quarantine Station
Cocos Island Animal Quarantine Station 2006-07-30
from Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal
Born:* 1993 captive-born Thailand
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 2010-01-16 Mali, Local nr: B00002
  2. (M) 2013-12-08 Man Jai
Document updated2010-01-15: Image, Text, Birth of calf
2010-11-30: nr
2011-04-19: prev locations
2012-03-13: chip nr
Stated parents: Dame: Aom-Moon Sire: Chow.

In March 2008, fifteen year old Dokkoon was artificially inseminated by elephant fertility experts from Berlin and zoo vets with sperm from the zoo’s bull, Bong Su. She was confirmed pregnant in June via ultrasound. She was the first elephant in Australia to conceive a calf through AI and gave birth in January 2010 to a female calf.

The new calf, born to seventeen year old first time mother Dokkoon, set several records. She was the first elephant born in the 147-year history of the Melbourne Zoo and the first elephant born via artificial insemination in Australia. She was the second elephant born in Australia, following the birth of a male calf in July 2009 at the Taronga Zoo. She joined the current herd of three females, her dam, and her sire, Bong Su.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Chaba (Dokkoon), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Royal Melbourne Zoological Park in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 September 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=584. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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