Perth zoo elephant Trisha dies at 65

The sad news was confirmed at the Perth Zoo after she suddenly became ill.

Australia’s oldest elephant has died at the age of 65.

The sad news was confirmed at the Perth Zoo after she suddenly became ill.

At 65, Trisha was the oldest elephant cared for by a zoo in Australasia and one of the oldest elephants in the world.

Trisha has kept a close eye on her health throughout her twilight years, bringing joy to generations of visitors.

As one of the zoo’s oldest residents, she received treatment and supportive care for a variety of age-related complaints.

However, over the past week, keepers and veterinary staff have reported that her health has deteriorated dramatically.

Trisha was born in Vietnam in 1957 and came to Perth in 1963. She was named after Miss Australia 1962 Tricia Reschke.

In 2018, the Perth Zoo announced that it would no longer have elephants after Trisha’s death.

The decision was made in connection with the wider transition to “herd enclosures” at the international level.

At the time, then Environment Minister Stephen Dawson explained that the zoo’s relatively smaller size meant it could not accommodate a functioning herd with a few elephants.

Originally published as Australia’s oldest elephant, Trisha, has died at the age of 65 at the Perth Zoo.