Winkie II (Winky) at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)

† Winkie II (Winky)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 123 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 51 years old
Dead date: 2017-05-17
Death reason: euthanised:
People killed:1
Location:Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)
ArrivedTennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) 2000-09-12
from Henry Vilas Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo 1966-10-27
from Morgan Berry
Morgan Berry 1966-00-00
Born:1966 wild Myanmar
Document updated2010-09-24: Text, country of origin
2010-09-25: Name, Management, Text RE
2018-02-28: death
In October 1966, the Henry Vilas Zoo received an elephant from Morgan Berry to replace one sent to him several months prior. The new elephant was named Winkie II, named after her predecessor. Her namesake was dismissed from the zoo after she pulled a young child into her exhibit and killed her.

In 2000, the Henry Vilas Zoo made the decision to close their elephant exhibit and relocate their two elephants, Winkie and Penny, upon recommendation by the United States Department of Agriculture that the exhibit either be improved or elephants removed. Winkie was retired to Carol Buckley's private facility and Penny was transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo newly renovated $4 million exhibit for African elephants. She was temorarily housed at the Columbus Zoo with two other elephants slated for arrival at the South Carolina zoo.

In July 2006, Winkie killed Joanna Burke, the primary caregiver of elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee for eight years.

Winkie measure 8'3" tall at the shoulder and weighs approximately 7600 pounds.

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