Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Tarra (Fluffie) at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)

♀ Tarra (Fluffie)


SSP nr273


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 47 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1974 wild
Birth place:
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1994-04-11
(dead † 1994-04-11)
Maya SSP id: 354
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States

Date of arrival

1995-03-15Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)
from Nashville Zoo

1994-11-00Nashville Zoo
from African Lion Safari

1991-09-24African Lion Safari
from Racine Zoological Garden

1989-04-01Racine Zoological Garden
from Bowmanville Zoo

1988-09-00Bowmanville Zoo
from Carol Buckley

1975-06-00Carol Buckley 1975-06-00
from Bobs Tire Stores (Robert Nance)

1974-07-00Bobs Tire Stores (Robert Nance)
from Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel)

Record history
History of updates2009-06-26: Previous locations, SSP, Text

2009-11-13: prev. location

2013-05-20: alt name, prev loc

2021-06-23: link to

Latest document update2021-06-23 17:38:41
Relevant literature


Tarra (Fluffie) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States.

Tarra (Fluffie) arrived Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) 1995-03-15, relocated from Nashville Zoo, in United States.

In Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), Tarra (Fluffie) lives together with 9 other elephants with records as alive in this database:

  1. Billie born 1962
  2. ,   
  3. Debbie born 1971
  4. ,   
  5. Flora born 1982
  6. ,   
  7. Minnie (Packy II, Talli) born 1966
  8. ,   
  9. Nosey (Tiny, Peanut) born 1982
  10. ,   
  11. Ronnie (Maharani) born 1966
  12. ,   
  13. Sissy (Gerry II) born 1968
  14. ,   
  15. Sukari born 1984
  16. ,   
  17. Tange born 1975
  18. ,   
    See also a more detailed list with the elephants arrival dates etc.


  1. (F) 1994-04-11 -- † 1994-04-11 Maya SSP id: 354


Tarra (Fluffie) was born wild 1974.

Comments / pictures

Tarra was trained by Smokey Jones. She resided at the African Lion Safari for a time in a breeding attempt with Buke but aborted a calf.

"Strangely enough Big Apple Circus hired this [Tarra on skates] as their first elephant act. The thought of one on skates captured their fancy however they had enough of the operation after one season." Buckles Woodcock

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Custody of tarra the elephant goes to sanctuary founder - Elephant News

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tarra (Fluffie), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 19 September 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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