Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Albuquerque Biological Park in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Thorn  dead elephant
Thorn displayed as museum specimen.
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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 3 years old
Born:* 2018-05-04 captive-born
Birth place: through
artificial insemination in Albuquerque Biological Park

Parents: Samson x ♀ Rozie (Rozana)
Dead: 2021-12-25
Death reason: pathological: Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States

Date of arrival

2018-05-04Albuquerque Biological Park
Record history
History of updates2018-05-17

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† Thorn is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2021-12-25 at Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States, . Official death reason described as Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV).


Thorn was conceived through artificial insemination and born captive-born 2018-05-04 at Albuquerque Biological Park.


Parents of Thorn are: ♂ Samson (father) and ♀ Rozie (Rozana) (mother).

Siblings through the father Samson:

  1. 2013-08-05(M) Bowie
  2. 2013-10-02 -- † 2022-01-02 (F) Jazmine

Siblings through the mother Rozie (Rozana):

  1. 2009-09-02 - † 2015-05-09 (F) Daizy
  2. 2013-10-02 - † 2022-01-02 (F) Jazmine


Thorns ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):

Born: 1998-05-04

Sire ff:
Calvin (Chanda)

Born: 1986-08-11
Sire fff:
Dame ffm:
Dame fm:
Kitty (Mookee)

Born: 1965
Sire fmf:
Dame fmm:

Dame m:
Rozie (Rozana)

Born: 1992-11-08

Sire mf:

Born: 1966
Sire mff:
Dame mfm:
Dame mm:

Born: 1974
Sire mmf:
Dame mmm:

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2021-12-15: On Wednesday, December 15, routine blood tests for Thorn, the BioPark's 3.5-year-old Asian elephant, came back positive for a very low level of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV)

2021-12-21: The ABQ BioPark continues to provide around the clock care and treatments for Thorn, our 3 year old elephant who recently tested positive for the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) . While the most recent daily test results indicate an escalation in the viral load his treatments continue and we remain hopeful and are confident that together we will have the best chance of helping Thorn through this illness.

2025-12-25: Thorn, a three-year-old male elephant at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, died in the early morning hours on Christmas Day from elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) . BioPark staff began treating Thorn immediately after traces of the virus were detected in a routine blood test on December 15. This virus causes hemorrhagic disease that can be fatal for young elephants. EEHV is the leading cause of death for Asian elephant calves and can strike elephants in the wild and in human care.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Thorn, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Albuquerque Biological Park in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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