Penny an African savanna elephant at Riverbanks Zoological Park

 ☨ ♀ Penny  
Penny. Riverbanks Zoo 07/2005. Photo: ©Tina Dow
Penny. Riverbanks Zoo 07/2005. Photo: ©Tina Dow


SSP nr192


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1981
Dead date: 2017-05-04
Death reason: euthanised:
Present / last location:Riverbanks Zoological Park, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2001-12-10Riverbanks Zoological Park
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 2000-08-15
from Henry Vilas Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo 1982-06-30
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Document updated2008-12-30: Previous locations, SSP, Birth RE
2009-01-01: Text RE
2009-04-28: Image RE
2010-09-25: Text RE
2018-01-20: death
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† Penny is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Riverbanks Zoological Park, in United States, of euthanised in 2017-05-04. (see detailed list).


Penny was born wild 1979, captured 1981 .

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In 2000, the Henry Vilas Zoo made the decision to close their elephant exhibit and relocate their two elephants, Winkie and Penny, upon recommendation by the United States Department of Agriculture that the exhibit either be improved or elephants removed. Winkie was retired to Carol Buckley's private facility and Penny was transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo newly renovated $4 million exhibit for African elephants. She was temorarily housed at the Columbus Zoo with two other elephants slated for arrival at the South Carolina zoo.

Belle and Belinda spent 13 years together at the Columbus Zoo before their transfer to the Riverbanks Zoo in December 2001. Penny arrived at the zoo in August 2000, and was transferred to Riverbanks in the group as well.

Penny was transitioned to a Protected Contact working environment while at the Columbus Zoo in accordance with the Riverbanks Zoo's management protocol.

2017-05-04: 37-year-old Penny was humanely euthanized on Thursday, May 4 after she fell on exhibit and was unable to stand.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Penny, an African savanna elephant at Riverbanks Zoological Park in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 April 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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