Jo (Juanita) an African savanna elephant at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Jo (Juanita)  
Jo. Columbus Zoo 08/2009. Photo: � Ben Whitebread
Jo. Columbus Zoo 08/2009. Photo: � Ben Whitebread


SSP nr62


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 43 years old

People killed:2
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1971
Dead date: 2012-07-16
Death reason: euthanised:
Present / last location:Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2010-12-01Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 2008-09-02
from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 1997-06-02
from Wildlife Safari
Wildlife Safari 1984-07-21
from Ford Brothers Circus
Ford Brothers Circus
from Bill Neville
Bill Neville 1982-07-00
from Bucky Steele
Bucky Steele 1982-06-29
from Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo 1974-11-01
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)

Document updated2008-12-25: Previous locations, SSP RE
2010-01-31:�Text, Image RE
2010-12-18:�Tranfer RE
2011-06-19:�Previous locations, Text RE RE
2012-09-18: image
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† Jo (Juanita) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States, of euthanised in 2012-07-16. (see detailed list).


Jo (Juanita) was born wild 1969, captured 1971 .

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Juanita and Wayne Jackson at Toronto Zoo, March 1983.

Jo is said to have killed two handlers when she was in the circus.

The Cleveland Zoo acquired their three female African elephants in June 1997. Martika was kept as a single elephant for six years until her transfer, thereby closing the elephant exhibit at the Erie Zoo. At the Erie Zoo, Martika's public name was Kiah. Jo and Moshi resided together at the Wildlife Safari for thirteen years. Moshi first arrived following her importation with another cow, Nanda, in May 1979 and Jo from a circus in July 1984. Nanda was sold to the Swain family in April 1989.

In September 2008, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo transferred their three animals to the Columbus Zoo during construction of the new African Elephant Crossing habitat. The anticipated three year loan began as Jo and Martika were transported via trailer in the morning, followed by Moshi that evening. They joined four Asian elephants already housed in Columbus, but the two herds were kept separate.

From Wayne Jackson:
Juanita- African female
-Born- 1969
-Origin- East Africa
-Sold to Bucky Steele, Seagoville, Texas- July/82 ($5,000.00)
-Sold to Bill Neville, contract for rides at the Denver Zoo, Colorado
-Sold to the Ford Circus (killed groom)
-Sent to Winston Safari, Winston, Oregon
-Sent to the Cleveland Zoo, Ohio- 1997

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Jo (Juanita), an African savanna elephant at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 June 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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