Moshi an African savanna elephant at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

ID nr:   SSP Number: 139 - 
Species: African savanna elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 44 years old
Body weight: 3918.18 kg, 8620.00 lbs
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 1997-06-02
from Wildlife Safari
Wildlife Safari 1979-05-29
from Wolfgang Delfts
Born:* 1976 wild South Africa
Capture: 1978 ,
Document updated2008-12-24: Previous locations RE
2009-10-09: SSP, Management, Text RE
2010-12-18: Transfer, Weight, Text 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. 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.

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Koehl, D., (2020). Moshi, 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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