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Thandi at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

ID Number:   SSP Number: 195 - 
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
ArrivedJacksonville Zoo and Gardens 2015-11-13
from National Elephant Center U.S.A.
National Elephant Center U.S.A. 2013-05-15
from Disneys Animal Kingdom
Disneys Animal Kingdom 1997-06-25
from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium 1983-01-11
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
Born:1980 wild Zimbabwe
Capture: 1982,
Document updated2009-03-20:�Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Management, Text
2016-01-02: transfer
Moyo and Thandi were imported together from Zimbabwe to Ferndale. They were sold to the Point Defiance Zoo in January 1983. After 14 years together, they were transferred in June 1997 to Disney's Animal Kingdom as potential breeding candidates.
Ibala and Rafiki were imported together from Zimbabwe to Grand Prarie. Several months later they were sold to the Phoenix Zoo in June 1982. After 15 years together, they were transferred in October 1997 to Disney's Animal Kingdom as potential breeding candidates, several months following the additions of Moyo and Thandi. Ibala died in May 2005 after an unsuccessful birth to her first calf.
Of the four additions in a several month period, only one of these animals has birthed successfully at the Animal Kingdom. Moyo has given birth to the first and fourth calves, both males. Tufani was born in May 2003 and Tsavo in June 2008, both sired by Jackson during his breeding loan from the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Sources, among others

  • John Lehnhardt, Executive Director, The National Elephant Center, U.S.A.
  • Ryan Easley, ShowMe Elephants.

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