Martika (Tika, Kiah) an African savanna elephant at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Female ♀ African savanna Martika (Tika, Kiah) at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Martika. Columbus Zoo 08/2009. Photo: © Ben Whitebread
Martika (Tika, Kiah)
ID nr:   SSP Number: 231 - 
Species: African savanna elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 39 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
ArrivalCleveland Metroparks Zoo 2010-12-01
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 2008-09-02
from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 1997-06-03
from Erie Zoo ( Glenwood Park Zoo )
Erie Zoo ( Glenwood Park Zoo ) 1991-04-08
from Allen Campbell
Allen Campbell 1991-04-04
from Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)
Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo) 1990-06-04
from Allen Campbell
Allen Campbell 1984-00-00
from Jumbolair (Arthur Jones)
Born:* 1981 wild Zimbabwe
Freight:Air, private Boeing 707
Document updated2008-12-24: Source RE
2009-12-19: Name, Text RE
2010-01-31: Image RE
2010-12-18: Transfer RE
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. The three Africans returned to Cleveland in December 2010.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Martika (Tika, Kiah), an African savanna at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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