Jo (Juanita)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Jo (Juanita)  dead elephant
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: 2012-07-16
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2010-12-01Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

2008-09-02Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

1997-06-02Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Winston Wildlife Safari

1984-07-21Winston Wildlife Safari
from Ford Brothers Circus

Ford Brothers Circus
from Bill Neville

1982-07-00Bill Neville 1982-07-00
from Bucky Steele

1982-06-29Bucky Steele
from Toronto Zoo

1974-11-01Toronto Zoo
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)

Record history
History of updates2008-12-25: 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

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Jo (Juanita) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2012-07-16 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States, .


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

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Jo (Juanita) in Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
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 list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Jo (Juanita), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 October 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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