Sydney Zoo in Australia

Sydney Zoo

Local name Taronga Zoo

OwnerTaronga Conservation Society Australia
Address PO Box 20, Mosman
Zip-code NSW 2088
Place Sydney
Country Australia

Directors 1916-1939: Albert Sherbourne Le Souef (director)
Simon Duffy

Key People

VeterinariansLarry Vogelnest

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Deane Jones
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers: Bradd Johnston
-: Joanne Maitland
2007-2013: Joel Kerr
Record history
History of updates2021-11-19

Latest document update2021-11-19 20:37:44
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Sydney Zoo, located at PO Box 20, Mosman, in Sydney, Australia , was founded in 1916.

Living elephants

At the Sydney Zoo lives 2 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Pak Boon born 1992
  2. Tang Mo born 1999

Comments / pictures1947: The Swedish vessel Mangarella which arrived in Melbourne today assumed the character of a modern Noah\'s Ark after calling at Mombassa, East Africa, on the voyage from Gothenburg. The vessel called at the African port to load a valuable cargo of animals, birds and reptiles for the Taronga Park zoo, Sydney. The collection of wild life ranged from finches to a seven-year-old African elephant, the first of its kind to be brought to Australia.
- The Mercury 7 January 1947

2006: Under a joint collaboration between the Melbourne and Taronga Zoos, eight elephants were imported from Thailands 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.

2020-10-14: Jai Dee died from torsion in the intestines (twisted bowel).

References for records about Sydney Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Sydney Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

Sydney Zoo on

Sydney Zoo is mentioned on Elephant News:

DateLinks which opens in new window
Melbourne zoo's new elephants due by christmas - Elephant News
2006-11-06Melbourne zoo: elephants are here! - Elephant News
Three elephants pregnant in australia - Elephant News
2008-12-03Where elephants walk - Elephant News
2016-09-24Taronga zoo to recreate 'operation noah's ark' to celebrate 100th birthday - Elephant News
2016-04-15Taronga zoo is expecting a baby elephant - Elephant News
2013-11-20Dubbo's western plans zoo plans for arrival of asian elephant bulls pathi harn, luk chai and gung from sydney's taronga zoo - Elephant News
2012-10-20Injured elephant keeper stable, zoo says - Elephant News
2012-05-27Lucy melo: senior elephant keeper, taronga zoo - Elephant News
2011-02-05Taronga zoo elephant diagnosed with tb - Elephant News
2020-10-14Taronga zoo’s beloved baby elephant jai dee has sadly passed away - Elephant News

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