Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Smithsonian National Zoological Park in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ambika  dead elephant
Ambika. National Zoo 06/2009. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Ambika. National Zoo 06/2009. Photo: © Ryan Easley


SSP nr166


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 72 years old
Born:* 1948 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2020-03-27
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in United States

Date of arrival

1961-04-14Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Record history
History of updates2010-01-08: removed status sick
2010-01-31: Image, Text
2013-08-07: PC
2020-03-29 death report

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Ambika is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2020-03-27 at Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in United States, .


Ambika was born wild 1948.

Comments / pictures

Ambika came to the National Zoo in 1961 as a gift from the children of India.

Ambika have a cyst that caused some bleeding but is has been resolved for several years now.

In 2010, 62 year old Ambika weighed 7800 pounds.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Ambika, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Smithsonian National Zoological Park in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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