Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
San Diego Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Cha-Cha  dead elephant


SSP nr219


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 45 years old
Born:* 1967 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2012-01-04
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:San Diego Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2009-04-25San Diego Zoo
from San Diego Zoo Safari Park

1971-04-21San Diego Zoo Safari Park
from Denver Zoo

1968-05-14Denver Zoo
from Elephant Mountain (Morgan Berry)

Record history
History of updates2009-04-26: Previous locations, Transfer, SSP, Text
2012-01-07: dead

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† Cha-Cha is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2012-01-04 at San Diego Zoo, in United States, .


Cha-Cha was born wild 1967.

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On May 23, the San Diego Zoo's new elephant exhibit is slated to open, the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey.
"The elephants to be moved - a 43-year-old male named Ranchipur, a 54-year-old female named Cookie, a 44-year-old female called Mary, and a 42-year-old female named Cha Cha - have lived at the Wild Animal Park for decades. They will join the zoo's two Asian pachyderms and one African elephant in the new exhibit, called The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey. In the works for several years, the $45 million exhibit covers 7.5 acres and will feature other animals, including lions and California condors. The elephant section covers just over 2.5 acres, which is about the size of the Wild Animal Park's Asian elephant enclosure."
The elephants were transported in iron crates on tractor trailers, and relocated into the exhibit by construction cranes in April 2009.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Cha-Cha, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at San Diego Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 8 February 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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