Taronga Zoo Sydney farewells Asian elephants Pak Boon and Tang Mo

Taronga Zoo Sydney’s Asian elephants are set to depart after greater than 100 years of the massive animals being on the metropolis’s well-known wildlife park.

Present resident elephants, females Tang Mo and Pak Boon, will depart for South Australia in mid-2025, to be in a bigger and extra social herd.

Taronga Conservation Society Australia chief government Cameron Kerr mentioned the breeding program Tang Mo and Pak Boon got here to Australia for has now flourished throughout a number of zoos.

Tang Mo and Pak Boon had been much-loved, educating conservationists and provoking thousands and thousands of tourists, Mr Kerr mentioned.

The pair have been at Taronga Zoo Sydney since 2006, coming from Thailand with three others to provoke a breeding program.

A zoo spokesman mentioned within the elephants’ place, a two-year-old Higher One-horned Rhino will come from Taronga Western Plains Zoo into a brand new multi-species habitat with a water buffalo.

“Taronga’s journey with elephants is much from over and we are going to proceed to play an necessary function in conservation applications throughout Asia and naturally within the regional breeding program with seven elephants within the thriving, multi-generational herd at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo,” the spokesman mentioned.

Till Tang Mo and Pak Boon left the zoo would have a good time, host farewells and thank the elephant keepers.

Becoming a member of Tang Mo and Pak Boon on the Monarto Safari Park east of Adelaide, will probably be a feminine elephant from Auckland Zoo and a female and male from Perth Zoo.

Asian elephants Burma, Permai and Putra Mas, coming from WA and New Zealand, are the inspiration of a South Australia herd, the Monarto Safari Park says.

The primary elephant to enamour patrons of the Sydney zoo was Jessie, a feminine from India who arrived 1883.

Jessie travelled throughout the harbour in 1916 to be a basis resident of Taronga Zoo’s predecessor, Billy Goat Swamp Zoo.

The World Extensive Fund for Nature (WWF) lists Asian elephants as endangered, with lower than 50,000 left within the wild throughout south and southeast Asia.

They’re “extraordinarily sociable” forming teams of six to seven associated females which can be led by the oldest feminine, the matriarch, WWF info reads.

Within the wild they preserve grassland and forestry in good well being, and as they bowl via dense forest, different animals can then transfer alongside the brand new paths.

They will spend as much as 19 hours a day feeding, and may create about 100 kilograms of dung which spreads germinating seeds.

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