World-class care for our elderly elephant.
Around 62 years old, Saigon is one of Australia’s last circus elephants. She arrived in Australia with a number of young elephants when she was 3-5 years old. She travelled with the Perry Bros Circus til 2010 when she retired to the family farm.
With her best interests at heart, Saigon’s aging owners had been searching for a new home for her for many years. They decided that the purpose-built habitat at Sydney Zoo was the perfect place for Saigon. Here she receives expert care from her elephant keepers and on-site vet, and will soon be in the company of other elephants once more.
We are focused on making Saigon comfortable in her new home, allowing her to bond with her keepers and settle in to new routines at her own pace before introducing her to new elephant companions.
Saigon’s last elephant companion passed away around 12 years ago. Since then she has lived with a flock of sheep, a donkey and a miniature pony. She now has a herd of water buffalo for company – the three stooges: Larry, Curly and Moe!