Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Oklahoma City Zoo in United States

♀ Chandra


SSP nr385


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 28 years old
Body weight: 3318.18 kg, 7300.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1996-07-02 captive-born
Birth place: in Dickerson Park Zoo

Parents: Onyx (Big Mac) x ♀ Moola
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2010-10-18Oklahoma City Zoo
from Tulsa Zoo

2008-06-12Tulsa Zoo
from Oklahoma City Zoo

1998-12-01Oklahoma City Zoo
from Dickerson Park Zoo

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Chandra is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States.

Chandra arrived in 2010-10-18 to the Oklahoma City Zoo, relocated from the Tulsa Zoo, in United States.


Chandra lives together with 7 other elephants at the Oklahoma City Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Achara born 2014-12-22
  2. Asha born 1995-02-02
  3. Bowie born 2013-08-05
  4. Kai born 2018-10-09
  5. Kandula born 2001-11-25
  6. Rama born 2022-01-20
  7. Rex (Bimbo, Barney) born 1968


Chandra was born captive-born 1996-07-02 at Dickerson Park Zoo.


Parents of Chandra are: ♂ Onyx (Big Mac) (father) and ♀ Moola (mother).

Siblings through the father Onyx (Big Mac):

  1. 1985-06-12 -- † 1985-06-12 (F) noname
  2. 1990-10-11(F) Shanti
  3. 1991-07-26 -- † 1993-02-28 (F) Maiya (Kate)
  4. 1992-09-07 -- † 1992-09-07 (M) stillborn
  5. 1992-12-27(M) Raja
  6. 1995-02-02(F) Asha
  7. 1997-09-06 -- † 1997-09-06 (M) stillborn
  8. 1998-05-17 -- † 2000-11-29 (M) Kala
  9. 1999-11-28 -- † 2002-06-07 (M) Haji
  10. 2000-04-12 -- † 2000-04-12 (M) Pete
  11. 2000-11-03 -- † 2007-06-08 (F) Hansa

Siblings through the mother Moola:

  1. 1999-11-28 - † 2002-06-07 (M) Haji
  2. 2006-07-18 - † 2007-12-01 (F) Nisha


Chandras ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):
Onyx (Big Mac)

Born: 1962

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Dame fmm:

Dame m:

Born: 1981-08-08

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In December 1998, half sisters Asha and Chandra were sold to the Oklahoma City Zoo. At their new home, they were both transitioned from Free to Protected Contact. In the summer of 2008, both cows were transferred across the state to the Tulsa Zoo on a breeding loan, slated to return by the end of 2010 upon the completion of a new Asia exhibit.

The new Asia exhibit was designed as an 11 acre, $23 million dollar project due to open in 2011. The elephant exhibit will be designed as though entering Thailand and giving the elephants up to six acres of grassland, as opposed to the previous quarter acre of concrete.

A year after arriving, Asha and Chandra were introduced together to Sneezy in the summer of 2009. After behavioral changes and high hormone levels in bloodwork, Asha was confirmed pregnant when a heartbeat was detected during an ultrasound in October. It was announced to the public in December.

In 1997, Chandra became the first survivor of the Elephant Endotheliotropic HerpesVirus, treated by the human drug Faciclovir.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Chandra, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Oklahoma City Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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