Tara an African savanna elephant at Toronto Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Tara  
Tara. Toronto Zoo Summer 2009. Photo: © Nick Daniels
Tara. Toronto Zoo Summer 2009. Photo: © Nick Daniels


SSP nr344


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1971
Dead date: 2009-11-30
Death reason: disease: arthritis
Present / last location:Toronto Zoo, in Canada

Date of Arrival
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1974-07-30Toronto Zoo
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)

Document updated2008-12-25: Management RE
2009-12-01: Death RE
2010-02-18: Image, Link Re
2011-02-15: Text, Death RE
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† Tara is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Toronto Zoo, in Canada, of disease in 2009-11-30. Official death reason described as arthritis. (see detailed list).


Tara was born wild 1969, captured 1971 .

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In November 2009, the matriarch of the Toronto Zoo elephant herd died unexpectedly at 41 years of age. Following the necropsy, authorities were still unable to determine the cause of death. She had been found laying on her side during morning inspection and was unable to rise with or without assistance. She weighed roughly 8500 pounds. Tara was the fourth elephant to die at the zoo since 2006.

"Tara, 41, died after falling in 2009. She had severe arthritis in both back leg joints, which made it impossible for her to stand. Tara had not been seen lying down in many years."

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tara, an African savanna elephant at Toronto Zoo in Canada. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 June 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2097. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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