Toni at Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Toni at Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Toni was a small elephant, and at her peak weighed between 6,000 and 6,500 pounds.
† Toni
ID Number:   SSP Number: 279 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 41 years old
Body weight: 2954.55 kg, 6500.00 lbs
Dead date: 2006-01-25
Death reason: euthanised: arthritis
Location:Smithsonian National Zoological Park
ArrivedSmithsonian National Zoological Park 1989-10-25
from Nay Aug Park Zoo
Nay Aug Park Zoo 1971-00-00
from Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo 1966-10-00
Born:1965 Thailand
Document updated2011-01-01: Previous locations, Weight, Text RE
After the death of Princess in July 1971, Scranton held their final campaign to replace an elephant for the Nay Aug Park Zoo in Pennsylvania. Toni was purchased from the Children's Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, where she had previously resided for several years.

Toni was tranferred to the National Zoo in October 1989 after the closing of the Nay Aug Park Zoo in Pennsylvania. Nay Aug Park Zoo officials originally planned to transfer Toni to Canada, but city residents persuaded to keep her in America. She, just as the other three elephants of the zoo in Scranton, had previously been kept as a single elephant in a concrete enclosure with a concrete yard. She had sustained a injury to her left front leg in 1975, a problem that eventually lead to her death in January 2006. She had previously been successfully treated for acute kidney disease in 2001.

Records about Toni from Ryan Easleys Blog at
Toni, Asian female SB 279
1965 - Born Thailand
Oct 1966 - Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, Iowa
1971 - Nay Aug Park Zoo, Scranton, Pennsylvania
25 Oct 1989 - Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
25 Jan 2006 - Death

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