Perth Zoo’s Tricia Passes Away Aged 65

Perth Zoo Tricia Passes Away

Perth Zoo’s Tricia Passes Away Aged 65

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Perth Zoo Tricia Passes Away

Perth Zoo’s much loved Asian elephant Tricia has sadly passed away aged 65.

Tonight it has been reported that Tricia one of the oldest Asian elephants cared for by a zoo in the world, has passed away after a rapid deterioration of her health.

In a statement on Perth Zoo website;

At 65-years-old, Tricia was one of the oldest elephants in the world, and while we knew the time to say goodbye was approaching, it’s still heartbreaking.

Tricia was an icon of Western Australia. She was cheeky and loved sneaking up on people when she was out walking around the Zoo, and had everyone wrapped around her trunk!

Her impact on the millions of people who visited her over the years will certainly not be forgotten. Since her arrival at Perth Zoo in 1963, she has helped generations develop an appreciation for elephants and wildlife conservation.

In her honour, we have set up the Tricia Tribute to Conservation FundWe kindly ask that in lieu of sending flowers to offer your condolences, please consider contributing so we can continue our vital conservation work and protect elephants in the wild.

This is a sad time for the Zoo family, but your love and support is greatly appreciated.


About Tricia

Tricia arrived at Perth Zoo in January 1963 as a young six-year-old from Ho Chi Minh City via Singapore and she was named after Tricia Resche, Miss Australia 1962.

Then in 1992, Tricia was joined by three young elephants, which were gifts from the Malaysian Government.

Tricia was also able to help support efforts to save elephants in the wild as funds from Tricia’s artwork and elephant experiences help protect the critically endangered Sumatran Elephants.

Memorial Walke for Tricia

In Tricia’s memory, a special Memorial Walk will open this Sunday, 10 July 2022, at Perth Zoo. 

You’ll be able to pay your respects and learn more about her incredible life and legacy, while doing one of her favourite activities – walking through the Zoo.

Fifty percent of all ticket sales on Sunday, 10 July 2022, will also go directly to Tricia’s Fund, to help save elephants in the wild in her honour.

Get your entry tickets.

Watch: Perth Zoo – Vale Tricia

Senior elephant keeper, Kirsty Carey, said: “Everyone has a story about Tricia. Generations of West Australians have grown up alongside her. From the moment she was offloaded at the Fremantle Wharf all those decades ago she captured hearts.”

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