Winky (Winkie)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
PAWS ARK 2000 in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Winky (Winkie)  dead elephant


SSP nr210


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 56 years old
Born:* 1952 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2008-04-07
Death reason: euthanised: suffering from joint problems and could not get up
Locations - owners
Present / last location:PAWS ARK 2000, in United States

Date of arrival

2005-08-04PAWS ARK 2000
from Detroit Zoo

1991-09-17Detroit Zoo
from Sacramento Zoo

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History of updates2024-04-11:

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Winky (Winkie) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2008-04-07 at PAWS ARK 2000, in United States, . Official death reason described as suffering from joint problems and could not get up.


Winky (Winkie) was born wild 1952.

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In April 2005, the Detroit Zoo permanently closed their elephant exhibit at the direction of their Animal Rights-sympathetic director Ron Kagan. Wanda and Winky were both sent to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a private institution owned by Pat Derby.

Wanda is one of the two elephants at the center on controversy with the Detroit Zoo's decision to abandon their elephant display. When the decision was made to move the elephants because of the unnatural cold winters, Wanda and Winky were caught in the battle of Detroit Zoo looking for a place to send them, AZA saying not unless we approve, and the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas saying now wait a minute, we still own Wanda, she's just loaned to you.
Bob Cline, 2007-09-05

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Winky (Winkie), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at PAWS ARK 2000 in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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