Tara at Toronto Zoo

Female African Bush elephant Tara at Toronto Zoo

Tara. Toronto Zoo Summer 2009. Photo: © Nick Daniels
† Tara
ID Number:   SSP Number: 344 - 
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Female 40 years
Dead date: 2009-11-30
Death reason: disease: arthritis
Location:Toronto Zoo
ArrivedToronto Zoo 1974-07-30
from Fred Zeehandelaar Inc
Fred Zeehandelaar Inc 1974-00-00
from
Born:1969 wild Mozambique
Capture: 1971
Document updated2008-12-25: Management RE
2009-12-01: Death RE
2010-02-18: Image, Link Re
2011-02-15: Text, Death RE
In November 2009, the matriarch of the Toronto Zoo elephant herd died unexpectedly at 41 years of age. Following the necropsy, authorities were still unable to determine the cause of death. She had been found laying on her side during morning inspection and was unable to rise with or without assistance. She weighed roughly 8500 pounds. Tara was the fourth elephant to die at the zoo since 2006.

"Tara, 41, died after falling in 2009. She had severe arthritis in both back leg joints, which made it impossible for her to stand. Tara had not been seen lying down in many years."

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