Monarto Safari Park to welcome two more elephants by 2025

Two more elephants will join the herd at Monarto Safari Park next year on the completion of a multimillion-dollar enclosure.

Picture credit: Monarto Safari Park

Monarto Safari Park’s Asian elephant family continues to expand, with two Sydneysiders, Pak Boon and Tang Mo to arrive at the park by mid-2025.

The zoo made the announcement this week, saying having a true herd at the park was always the goal.

“We have always said we hoped to have up to five Asian Elephants at the park. Today, we are excited to share details about two more eles joining the herd.

“We can’t wait to see them settle in with Putra Mas, Permai and Burma, with the females joining the herd just as they would in the wild.”

At Monarto Safari Park, the largest open-range safari in the region, they’ll flourish in a habitat tailored to their intricate social needs.

Permai is described as ‘cheeky and mischievous’, Burma described as ‘playful and a gentle giant’ and bull Putra Mas as ‘living up to his name’s meaning of golden prince and known for trumpeting loudly when happy’ and they are looking forward to their new roommates!

The IUCN classifies Asian Elephants as endangered, with fewer than 52,000 remaining in the wild. This underscores the urgency for regionally coordinated conservation efforts.

Bringing these elephants to Monarto Safari Park will enable Zoos SA to significantly contribute to raising awareness about elephant conservation.

Monarto Safari Park stands as the largest safari park outside of Africa, encompassing over 1,000 hectares of diverse fauna and flora.

At the end of last year, the conservation park secured $2 million in funds to construct their habitat, which will feature a sizeable housing barn and waterholes. A mystery donor donated an incredible $1 million to the cause.

Since the passing of the cherished matriarch Samorn at Monarto in 1994, this marks the first occasion South Australia will have elephants in a zoo.

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