Tanzy at Abilene Zoo

† Tanzy
ID Number:   SSP Number: 29 - 
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 49 years old
Dead date: 2007-08-13
Death reason: age:
Location:Abilene Zoo
ArrivedAbilene Zoo 1998-10-30
from Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo 1963-07-23
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)
International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar) 1962-00-00
Born:1958 wild Tanzania
Capture: 1960,
Document updated2009-04-03: Text
2010-01-17: Text
At the time of her death, 49 year old Tanzy was the second oldest African elephant in North America. She was on a regiment of Xanax and ibuprofen for pain and anxiety at the time of her death. She was found in her exhibit by keepers Monday morning. Her necropsy report stated cause of death as "toxic shock from the ruptured GI tract, due to complications from old age."

Tanzy had a history of aggression with the Abilene Zoo's other elephant Tanya. Tanzy had been transferred to the zoo in Texas from Oklahoma City be a companion animal for Tanya, two months before the Oklahoma City Zoo purchased half sisters Asha and Chandra from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Missouri. Tanya was kept as a single elephant after Connie was relocated to the Springfield zoo as part of a building breeding program. Two months after Tanzy's death, Tanya was transferred to the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas, to replace Zoe. In October 2007, Zoe was transferred to the Kansas City Zoo under breeding loan arrangements, a Missouri zoo which held the largest herd of African elephants within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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