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Minyahk (Ole C.C.) at Dickerson Park Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Minyahk (Ole C.C.) at Dickerson Park Zoo

Minyahk. Dickerson Park Zoo 03/2009. Photo: © Ryan Easley
† Minyahk (Ole C.C.)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 96 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 61 years old
Body height: 2.53 meter, 8.3 feet
Body weight: 3118.18 kg, 6860.00 lbs
Dead date: 2010-08-04
Death reason: age: bacterial disease, broken vertebrae
Location:Dickerson Park Zoo
ArrivedDickerson Park Zoo 1999-03-31
from Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo 1998-12-01
from Dickerson Park Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo 1993-08-18
from Lowry Park Zoo
Lowry Park Zoo 1991-04-20
from Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo 1987-11-08
from Dickerson Park Zoo
Born:1949 wild India
Document updated2010-01-12: Name, Text RE
2010-01-26: Sick, Text RE
2010-07-10: text, country origin
2010-08-04: Death
2010-09-28: Cause of death RE
2010-11-12: height and weight
Ole C.C. was named after C.C. Williford, a popular local weatherman of the 1940s and 1950s.

In February 1982, Minyahk weighed 6860 pounds.
In April 1983, Minyahk measured 8'3" tall at the shoulder, a length of 128.5 inches, a girth of 177 inches, a skull width of 33.25 inches, a front foot circumference of 52 inches and back foot circumference of 50 inches.

Upon sale of half sisters Asha and Chandra to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Minyahk accompanied the two young elephants on their transport in December 1998 for a four month period while they became adjusted to their new surroundings.

In Summer 2009, the Dickerson Park Zoo celebrated the birthdays of three of their elephants - Ol' CC turned sixty, Pinky aged to forty five and Patience turned thirty five years old.

In January 2010, the Dickerson Park Zoo announced that Ol' C.C. would be taken off exhibit for a nine month treatment period of a mycobacterial infection. A routine annual blood test showed that she has been exposed to either Mycobacteria bovis or Mycobacteria tuberculosis. The culture results indicated that Minyahk was not shedding the bacteria. Pinky was taken off exhibit as well to be a companion during the aggressive treatment course. At the time, Minyahk was the oldest elephant to reside at Dickerson Park Zoo and the fifth oldest elephant living in AZA-accredited zoos.

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