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

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tanzy  dead elephant


SSP nr29


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 49 years old
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1960
Dead: 2007-08-13
Death reason: age:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Abilene Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1998-10-30Abilene Zoo
from Oklahoma City Zoo

1963-07-23Oklahoma City Zoo
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)

Record history
History of updates2010-09-23

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tanzy is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2007-08-13 at Abilene Zoo, in United States, .


Tanzy was born wild 1958, captured 1960 .

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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.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tanzy, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Abilene Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3239. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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