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

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Mary  dead elephant


SSP nr214


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 59 years old
Born:* 1964 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2023-05-00
Death reason: unknown: geriatric
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 1989-07-12
(dead † 1989-07-12)
stillborn SSP id: 303

2. Born 1991-09-27
(dead † 1991-09-27)
stillborn SSP id: 358
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

1980-06-06San Diego Zoo Safari Park
from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

1969-09-04Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Baton Rouge Zoo

Record history
History of updates2008-12-28: Previous locations, SSP, Birth
2009-04-26: Transfer, Text
2023-05-03: Updated as dead

Latest document update2023-05-03 12:41:01
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† Mary is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2023-05-00 at San Diego Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as geriatric.


  1. (F) 1989-07-12 -- † 1989-07-12 stillborn SSP id: 303
  2. (M) 1991-09-27 -- † 1991-09-27 stillborn SSP id: 358


Mary was born wild 1964.

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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, (2024). Mary, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at San Diego Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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