African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Knoxville Zoo in United States

♂ Tonka
Tonka. Knoxville Zoo 02/2008. Photo: © Amanda Pippin
Tonka. Knoxville Zoo 02/2008. Photo: © Amanda Pippin


SSP nr163


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 44 years old
Body height: 3.14 meter, 10.3 feet
Body weight: 6818.18 kg, 15000.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1981
Imported:1981 by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Knoxville Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1981-03-10Knoxville Zoo
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

1981-00-00International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
from Kruger National Park

Record history
History of updates2009-01-02: Image RE
2010-11-21: Height, Weight RE
2021-09-18: Importer International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Latest document update2021-09-18 07:42:23
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Tonka is a living Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Knoxville Zoo, in United States.

Tonka arrived in 1981-03-10 to the Knoxville Zoo, relocated from the International Animal Exchange (Ferndale), in United States.

In Knoxville Zoo, Tonka lives as single living elephant at this location


Tonka was born wild 1979, captured 1981 . and imported 1981 by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

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In November 2010, it was announced that Tonka measured 10'4" at the shoulder and weighed 15000 pounds.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Tonka, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Knoxville Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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