Joyce at Six Flags Wild Safari (Six Flags Great Adventure)

Female ♀ African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) Joyce at Six Flags Wild Safari (Six Flags Great Adventure)

Joyce. Brookfield Zoo 09/2009. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Joyce
ID Number:   SSP Number: 462 - 
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 35 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Six Flags Wild Safari (Six Flags Great Adventure)
ArrivedSix Flags Wild Safari (Six Flags Great Adventure) 2010-09-22
from Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo 2009-08-09
from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Six Flags Marine World)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Six Flags Marine World) 2007-00-00
from Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary 2007-00-00
from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Six Flags Marine World)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Six Flags Marine World) 2005-08-25
from Frisco Brothers Petting Zoo
Frisco Brothers Petting Zoo 1992-00-00
from George Carden Circus International
George Carden Circus International 1987-00-00
from Jumbolair (Arthur Jones)
Born:1983 wild Zimbabwe
Capture: 1984,
Document updated2009-01-27: Birth
2009-08-10: Transfer, Management, Text, Image
2009-11-15: Text
2010-01-16: Text
2010-01-31: Text, Image
2010-02-10: Text
2010-09-23: transfer
During their time at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Joyce and Valerie were transferred to Riddle'e Elephant Sanctuary for a four month breeding loan. Neither elephant returned pregnant. In August 2009, Joyce was loaned to Chicago as a companion to the Brookfield Zoo's lone female African elephant Christy, after the death of Affie three months previous. During the introduction period between the two elephants, Joyce also made the transition from free to protected contact as per the philosophy of the Brookfield Zoo. Christy died four months later, leaving Joyce alone and the Brookfield Zoo without elephants of its own for the first time in its 75 year history.

Joyce measures nearly eight feet tall at the shoulder and weighs roughly 6800 pounds.

"Joyce is a female African elephant. She was born in 1983 in Zimbabwe, Africa. She came to Discovery Kingdom in 2005. Joyce is always busy doing something; bathing, playing with the hanging tire, eating, or socializing." SFDK Elephant Encounter Information Display

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