Spike (Ganesha) at Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Spike (Ganesha) at Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Spike. Calgary Zoo 07/2008. Photo: © Brent Van Hooft
Spike (Ganesha)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 141 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 37 years old
Body height: 3.51 meter, 11.5 feet
Body weight: 5681.82 kg, 12500.00 lbs
Management:Free contact
Location:Smithsonian National Zoological Park
ArrivedSmithsonian National Zoological Park 2018-03-24
from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa) 2013-09-20
from Calgary Zoo
Calgary Zoo 1992-09-19
from Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)
Born:1981-07-02 captive-born in
Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)
Parents: Dahlip (Dalip) x Seetna
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 4 babies

  1. (F) 2004-11-16 -- † 2004-12-07 Keemaya, SSP nr: 554
  2. (F) 2007-08-09 -- † 2008-11-01 Malti, SSP nr: 648
  3. (M) 2012-10-24 -- † 2012-10-24 miscarriage (twin), SSP nr: 745
  4. () 2012-10-24 -- † 2012-10-24 miscarriage (twin), SSP nr: 746
Siblings through the father Dahlip (Dalip):
  1. 1977-04-02 -- † 1977-04-19 (F) Rocky
  2. 1985-10-28 -- † 1985-10-30 (F) Pearl
  3. 1996-05-22 -- † 1996-05-22 (M) unborn
Siblings through the mother Seetna:
  1. 1977-04-02 -- † 1977-04-19 (F) Rocky
  2. 1985-10-28 -- † 1985-10-30 (F) Pearl
  3. 1996-05-22 -- † 1996-05-22 (M) unborn
Spike (Ganesha)s pedigree:
P I II III

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Seetna

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Document updated2009-03-04: Text, Image RE
2009-07-02: Text RE
2012-04-09: Link RE
2014-05-22: location
2018-03-24: transferred to Washington
Spike was born at the Miami Metro Zoo, came to Calgary Zoo in 1992, right after hurricane ''Andrew'' devastated the Zoo there. He now weighs 12,500 lbs...11.5 ft at the shoulder. He is a wonderful big guy to work with...loved to bits by all the guys in the barn. Happy 28th big fella!"
Brent Van Hooft, Elephant Keeper Calgary Zoo, 2009-07-02

Sources, among others

  • http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/09/20/spike-the-elephant-safely-arrives-at-busch-gardens-in-florida
  • Brent Van Hooft, Elephant Keeper Calgary Zoo
  • Article and Image at ShowMe Elephants: "Bulls of Zoo Miami," 02/04/2011
  • https://nationalzoo.si.edu/news/smithsonians-national-zoo-welcomes-male-asian-elephant

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