Kiba (Chupa) an African savanna elephant at Nashville Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Kiba (Chupa)  
Kiba. Nashville Zoo 07/2007. Photo: © Amanda Pippin
Kiba. Nashville Zoo 07/2007. Photo: © Amanda Pippin


SSP nr483


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 27 years old
Born:* 1982 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1984
Freight:Air, private Boeing 707
Dead date: 2009-12-17
Death reason: euthanised: degenerative joint disease
Present / last location:Nashville Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1995-04-15Nashville Zoo
from Pankows Pachyderms (Chuck Pankow)
Pankows Pachyderms (Chuck Pankow) 1991-00-00
from Unknown
from Hollywild Animal Park (David Meeks)
Hollywild Animal Park (David Meeks) 1986-01-00
from Jumbolair (Arthur Jones)

Document updated2009-01-04: Previous locations, Birth, Text, Image
2009-12-19: Name, Death, Text
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† Kiba (Chupa) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Nashville Zoo, in United States, of euthanised in 2009-12-17. Official death reason described as degenerative joint disease. (see detailed list).


Kiba (Chupa) was born wild 1982, captured 1984 . and imported 1984, Air, private Boeing 707

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In January 1988, an unknown location named as "Pymatunin" in the North American Regional Studbook for the African Elephant purchased the elephant named Chupa from David Meeks. In 1990, she was sold to another unknown location named as "Waterwhee" in the Studbook, where her name was changed to Kiba. The Pankow's bought her in 1992 from the sideshow. In April 1995, Kiba and another cow were transferred to the Nashville Zoo. In September 1999, a third cow, Sukari, joined the pair. All three elephants were owned by Pankow's Pachyderms, a private group run by Chuck and Rise Pankow.

In March 2007, the three African cows of the Nashville Zoo were weighed with portable scales from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Sukari weighed 9500 pounds, Hadari weiged 9800 pounds, and Kiba weighed five tons.

In September 2007, a first attempt to artificially inseminate Kiba by Nashville Zoo elephant staff and renowned elephant reproductive expert Dr. Dennis Schmitt was made. In March of the next year it was found the effort failed. It was announced further inseminations would be attempted.

In December 2009, Kiba was euthanized due to degenerative joint disease. The problem stemmed from an ankle injury she received before being purchased by the Pankow's in 1992. She was buried on the zoo property.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Kiba (Chupa), an African savanna elephant at Nashville Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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