Cha-Cha at San Diego Zoo

† Cha-Cha
ID Number:   SSP Number: 219 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 45 years old
Dead date: 2012-01-04
Death reason: euthanised:
Location:San Diego Zoo
ArrivedSan Diego Zoo 2009-04-25
from San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park)
San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park) 1971-04-21
from Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo 1968-05-14
from Morgan Berry
Born:1967 wild
Document updated2009-04-26: Previous locations, Transfer, SSP, Text
2012-01-07: dead
On May 23, the San Diego Zoo's new elephant exhibit is slated to open, the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey.
"The elephants to be moved - a 43-year-old male named Ranchipur, a 54-year-old female named Cookie, a 44-year-old female called Mary, and a 42-year-old female named Cha Cha - have lived at the Wild Animal Park for decades. They will join the zoo's two Asian pachyderms and one African elephant in the new exhibit, called The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey. In the works for several years, the $45 million exhibit covers 7.5 acres and will feature other animals, including lions and California condors. The elephant section covers just over 2.5 acres, which is about the size of the Wild Animal Park's Asian elephant enclosure."
The elephants were transported in iron crates on tractor trailers, and relocated into the exhibit by construction cranes in April 2009.

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