Tonka an African savanna elephant at Knoxville Zoo

♂ 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 ♂ 42 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
Present / last location:Knoxville Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1981-03-10Knoxville Zoo
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
International Animal Exchange (Ferndale) 1981-00-00
from Kruger National Park

Document updated2009-01-02: Image RE
2010-11-21: Height, Weight RE
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Tonka is a living Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), located at Knoxville Zoo, in United States.

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

In Knoxville Zoo, Tonka lives together with 2 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Edie born 1983
  2. ,
  3. Jana born 1980
  4. , (see detailed list).


Tonka was born wild 1979, captured 1981 . and imported 1981

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

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tonka, an African savanna elephant at Knoxville Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 April 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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  • Ryan Easley, USA


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