Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Oklahoma City Zoo in United States

♂ Kandula
Kandula. National Zoo 06/2009. Photo: � Ryan Easley
Kandula. National Zoo 06/2009. Photo: � Ryan Easley


SSP nr538


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 23 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 2001-11-25 captive-born
Birth place: through
artificial insemination in Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Birth weight 147.00 kgs, 323.40 lbs

Parents: Calvin (Chanda) x ♀ Shanthi
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2015-10-00Oklahoma City Zoo
from Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Record history
History of updates2020-12-04

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Kandula is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States.

Kandula arrived in 2015-10-00 to the Oklahoma City Zoo, relocated from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in United States.


Kandula lives together with 7 other elephants at the Oklahoma City Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Achara born 2014-12-22
  2. Asha born 1995-02-02
  3. Bowie born 2013-08-05
  4. Chandra born 1996-07-02
  5. Kai born 2018-10-09
  6. Rama born 2022-01-20
  7. Rex (Bimbo, Barney) born 1968


Kandula was conceived through artificial insemination and born captive-born 2001-11-25 at Smithsonian National Zoological Park.


Parents of Kandula are: ♂ Calvin (Chanda) (father) and ♀ Shanthi (mother).

Siblings through the father Calvin (Chanda):

  1. 1998-05-04(M) Samson
  2. 1998-07-30 -- † 1999-03-22 (F) Annie
  3. 1998-08-21 -- † 2002-08-08 (M) Amos
  4. 1998-11-29(M) Albert
  5. 1999-10-21(M) George
  6. 2001-04-29(M) Johnson
  7. 2003-02-02(F) Califa
  8. 2003-03-20(F) Farina
  9. 2005-10-28(M) Tarak
  10. 2008-05-06(M) Shanti
  11. 2011-03-11 -- † 2011-05-06 (M) Sethi
  12. 2011-04-12(F) Rashmi
  13. 2014-02-04 -- † 2016-01-23 (F) Sumitra (OST Nr.3)
  14. 2017-07-08(M) Chandru

Siblings through the mother Shanthi:

  1. 1993-12-14 - † 1995-04-26 (F) Kumari


Kandulas ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):
Calvin (Chanda)

Born: 1986-08-11

Sire ff:

Born: 1975-05-25
Sire fff:
Dame ffm:
Dame fm:

Born: 1975-09-00
Sire fmf:
Dame fmm:

Dame m:

Born: 1976

Sire mf:

Sire mff:
Dame mfm:
Dame mm:

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Dame mmm:

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In November 2001, the 320 pound newborn calf of the Smithsonian National Zoo was only the second Asian elephant in the world to be born through Artificial Insemination, following the birth of Haji two years previous at the Dickerson Park Zoo in November 1999. He was the fifth elephant in the world conceived via the method. Kandula's one hundred percent Sri Lankan heritage would leave him visibly tuskless, as less than ten percent of those males grow long Tusks.

In 2010, at eight years old Kandula measured 7.5 Feet tall at the shoulder and weighed 5400 pounds.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Kandula, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Oklahoma City Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 May 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=214. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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