Gung's relationship with the females has evolved over time, as he has transitioned from a youngster to an adolescent male motivated to breed regularly. Gung has proved his important role in the Australasian conservation breeding program by breeding naturally with two of our females – Thong Dee & Pak Boon.
Tang Mo is extremely intelligent, very energetic and thrives on attention and interaction with her keepers. She's also the most vocal elephant in our group, showing great enthusiasm for all the games and activities with the keepers.
Luk Chai was the first elephant calf born in Australia. He was born after a gestation period of 660 days to Thong Dee who was a former street elephant from Bangkok. He is laid-backed, easy-going, cheeky, playful and a fast learner.
Prior to arriving in Australia Thong Dee was a former street elephant from Bangkok. Thong Dee is easy to distinguish due to the notch at the top of her right ear and she also has small tusks (called ‘tushes’ in Asian female elephants).
Pathi Harn was the second Asian elephant calf to be born at Taronga Zoo. He was conceived by our female matriarch Porntip to Melbourne Zoo’s bull elephant, Bong Su, through artificial insemination. He is a very happy calf who is always looking for attention, just like his mum Porntip.
Gigi is a female Asian Elephant who arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in January 2008 after retiring from the Stardust Circus. Gigi always appears to be in some sort of mischief. She is very clever and loves to make sure everything around the enclosure is secure.
Burma is a female Asian Elephant and has been a resident at Taronga Western Plains Zoo since she moved from Taronga Zoo in mid 2005. Burma is certainly the tidiest elephant at the Zoo and is very particular about her surroundings.