Kathy Sh-Boom
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Niabi Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Kathy Sh-Boom  dead elephant
Alternative name: Kathy She-Boom


SSP nr170


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 42 years old
Born:* 1960-11-25 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2002-11-21
Death reason: disease: Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV1A)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Niabi Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1965-08-05Niabi Zoo
Record history
History of updates2013-10-22

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Kathy Sh-Boom is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2002-11-21 at Niabi Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV1A).


Kathy Sh-Boom was born wild 1960-11-25.

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In June 2000, the Ringling Brothers Circus donated 25 year old Babe to the Niabi Zoo as a companion animal for the zoo's lone resident elephant since 1965, Kathy Sh-Boom. Babe was named in a city-wide contest with the last name Sh-Bang.
In November 2002, Kathy Sh-Boom was the oldest known captive elephant to have died from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus, 30 months after Babe's arrival at the age of 40. After Kathy's death, Ringling donated another elephant to Niabi Zoo in March 2003, Sophie. Niabi Director Tom Stalf said it is assumed Kathy contracted the disease from Babe. Both Sophie and Babe were both later tested positive as carriers for the disease.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Kathy Sh-Boom, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Niabi Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 April 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3067. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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