Tricia, one of the world’s oldest elephants, has died aged 65

Tall and beautiful Tricia, considered one of the oldest elephants in the world, has died aged 65, marking the end of an era for Perth Zoo.

Tributes began pouring in immediately for the Asian elephant who has painted pictures and entertained countless visitors in nearly six decades at the zoo.

“Tricia was not only famous, she was much loved,” Premier Mark McGowan said in a statement.

Tricia, the Asian elephant who had lived at Perth Zoo since she was six, died on Wednesday July 6 at the age of 65. (Provided)

“Her stature and grace were compelling. To many she was a Perth icon.

“For six decades she has been an integral part of any visit to Perth Zoo.

“If you’ve lived in Perth at any time in your life, you probably remember Tricia.”

His death on Wednesday evening, believed to be due to age-related complications and expected to trigger the closure of the zoo’s elephant exhibit, was not unexpected.

Tricia the elephant's health is rapidly deteriorating and her keepers fear she has only a few days left.
Tricia the elephant’s health is rapidly deteriorating and her keepers fear she has only a few days left. (9News)

Tricia’s vets and caretakers had been monitoring her health closely for some time before her health deteriorated rapidly, McGowan’s office said, describing the elephant as one of the oldest in the world and the oldest caught. supported by a zoo in Australasia.

“Tricia’s final moments were peaceful. She was surrounded by her caregivers in her overnight quarters on Wednesday evening, July 6, 2022,” he said in a statement.

The zoo wants mourners to donate to the Tricia Tribute to Conservation Fund in lieu of sending flowers, to help create a “lasting legacy for this amazing animal”.

Tricia came to Western Australia aged six from Vietnam in 1963.
Tricia came to Western Australia aged six from Vietnam in 1963. (9News)

The fund is designed to help support the zoo’s conservation efforts and build an elephant ranger station in the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, to help monitor and protect one of the last wild herds of Sumatran elephants.

Six-year-old Tricia, named after a Miss Australia winner, arrived in Western Australia from Vietnam in 1963 and has charmed Perth crowds ever since.

Six-year-old Tricia arrived in Western Australia from Vietnam in 1963 and has since charmed and entertained the crowds of Perth. (Provided)

Funds from the sale of his popular artwork go to protect endangered Sumatran elephants.

“She knows how to take a piece of your heart and she doesn’t give it back,” elephant keeper Kristy Carey said on Tuesday, before the huge mammal died.

“He’s going to miss a huge hole when she goes.”

The work of Tricia the elephant is well known and popular.
The work of Tricia the elephant is well known and popular. (9News)

Perth Zoo will hold a Memorial Walk on Sunday to give the public a chance to pay their respects to the matriarch.

“As an animal ambassador, Tricia had a monumental impact on the conservation of her species and it is heartening to see that continue after her passing,” said Environment Minister Reece Whitby.

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“I encourage everyone to honor Tricia and say goodbye by visiting the Memorial Walk or sharing memories of Tricia online on the Perth Zoo website.”

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