Tessa an African savanna elephant at Toronto Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Tessa  


SSP nr345


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1971
Dead date: 2009-06-13
Death reason: killed: injury caused from exhibit mate
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1984-09-13
(dead † 1984-09-15)
T.W. SSP id: 411
Present / last location:Toronto Zoo, in Canada

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1974-07-30Toronto Zoo
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)
International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar) 1974-00-00
from Wingst Baby Zoo
Wingst Baby Zoo
from Firma Ruhe

Document updated2008-12-25: Management RE
2009-06-15: Death RE
2011-02-15: Death RE
2012-04-06: prev locations
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† Tessa is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Toronto Zoo, in Canada, of killed in 2009-06-13. Official death reason described as injury caused from exhibit mate. (see detailed list).


  1. (F) 1984-09-13 -- † 1984-09-15 T.W. SSP id: 411


Tessa was born wild 1969, captured 1971 .

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“An African elephant living at the Toronto Zoo died Saturday after another elephant knocked her over as the herd scrambled for its hay at feeding time. Tessa, the 40-year-old elephant who lived at the zoo since its opening in 1974, lived with four other elephants in the five-acre enclosure."

"Tessa, 40, died 2009. She fell against an electric fence after being hit by another elephant during a struggle over hay. The necropsy report indicates she died from a combination of the attempts to get her on her feet and chronic wasting syndrome."

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tessa, 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=2098. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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