African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States

♀ Moshi


SSP nr139


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 46 years old
Body weight: 3918.18 kg, 8620.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1976 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1978
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2010-12-01Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

2008-09-02Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

1997-06-02Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Winston Wildlife Safari

1979-05-29Winston Wildlife Safari
from Wolfgang Delfts

Record history
History of updates2008-12-24: Previous locations RE
2009-10-09: SSP, Management, Text RE
2010-12-18: Transfer, Weight, Text RE

Latest document update2020-10-19 02:32:29
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Moshi is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States.

Moshi arrived in 2010-12-01 to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, relocated from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in United States.

Moshi lives together with 4 other elephants at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo:
  1. Kallie (June) born 1982
  2. Martika (Tika, Kiah) born 1981
  3. Shenga (Split nose) born 1982
  4. Willy born 1978

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Moshi was born wild 1976, captured 1978 . and imported 1979

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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. 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.

In September 2008, 23 year old Moshi weighed 8,620 pounds.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Moshi, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 2 July 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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