Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Shirley at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)

 ☨ ♀ Shirley  


SSP nr525


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 73 years old
Body height: 2.74 meter, 9.0 feet
Body weight: 4181.82 kg, 9200.00 lbs
Born:* 1948 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2021-02-14
Death reason: age:
Present / last location:Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1999-07-06Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)
from Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo 1977-09-19
from Carson and Barnes Circus
Carson and Barnes Circus 1969-00-00
from Al G-Kelly Miller Brothers Circus

Document updated2011-03-02: Previous locations, SSP, Management, Size, Text RE
2014-05-11: Previous locations, Article RE
2021-02-21: death report
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† Shirley is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States, from age 2021-02-14. (see detailed list).


Shirley was born wild 1948.

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By her death in 2021, Shirley was , at 72 years, regarded as USAs oldest elephant.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Shirley, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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