Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Minyahk (Ole C.C.) at Dickerson Park Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant Minyahk (Ole C.C.) at Dickerson Park Zoo

Minyahk. Dickerson Park Zoo 03/2009. Photo: © Ryan Easley
† Minyahk (Ole C.C.)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 96 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 61 years old
Body height: 2.53 meter, 8.3 feet
Body weight: 3118.18 kg, 6860.00 lbs
Dead date: 2010-08-04
Death reason: age: bacterial disease, broken vertebrae
Location:Dickerson Park Zoo
ArrivalDickerson Park Zoo 1999-03-31
from Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo 1998-12-01
from Dickerson Park Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo 1993-08-18
from Lowry Park Zoo
Lowry Park Zoo 1991-04-20
from Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo 1987-11-08
from Dickerson Park Zoo
Born:1949 wild India
Document updated2010-01-12: Name, Text RE
2010-01-26: Sick, Text RE
2010-07-10: text, country origin
2010-08-04: Death
2010-09-28: Cause of death RE
2010-11-12: height and weight
Ole C.C. was named after C.C. Williford, a popular local weatherman of the 1940s and 1950s.

In February 1982, Minyahk weighed 6860 pounds.
In April 1983, Minyahk measured 8'3" tall at the shoulder, a length of 128.5 inches, a girth of 177 inches, a skull width of 33.25 inches, a front foot circumference of 52 inches and back foot circumference of 50 inches.

Upon sale of half sisters Asha and Chandra to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Minyahk accompanied the two young elephants on their transport in December 1998 for a four month period while they became adjusted to their new surroundings.

In Summer 2009, the Dickerson Park Zoo celebrated the birthdays of three of their elephants - Ol' CC turned sixty, Pinky aged to forty five and Patience turned thirty five years old.

In January 2010, the Dickerson Park Zoo announced that Ol' C.C. would be taken off exhibit for a nine month treatment period of a mycobacterial infection. A routine annual blood test showed that she has been exposed to either Mycobacteria bovis or Mycobacteria tuberculosis. The culture results indicated that Minyahk was not shedding the bacteria. Pinky was taken off exhibit as well to be a companion during the aggressive treatment course. At the time, Minyahk was the oldest elephant to reside at Dickerson Park Zoo and the fifth oldest elephant living in AZA-accredited zoos.

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