African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Endangered Ark Foundation in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Joy  dead elephant


SSP nr384


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old
Born:* 1980 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1982
Dead: 2010
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Endangered Ark Foundation, in United States

Date of arrival

2005-10-17Endangered Ark Foundation
from Hawthorn Corporation

1995-02-00Hawthorn Corporation
from Circus Vargas

1985-00-00Circus Vargas
from Roller Brothers Circus

Record history
History of updates2009-03-19: Previous locations, SSP, Birth, Text
2010-02-01: Previous locations
2010-02-25: euthanised early this year

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Joy is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2010 at Endangered Ark Foundation, in United States, .


Joy was born wild 1980, captured 1982 .

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I had a female African elephant, with only a right tusk. When I inquired when it had broke off, I was told that it wasn't broke off, but had actually been driven up into the cheek area. It seems she had been knocked down in a fight 6-7 years prior and fell face forward on the asphalt and the tusk was pushed up into her cheek/cranium. Sure enough, if you put your hand deep in the tusk cavity you could just feel the end of the tusk and if you looked at Joy(the elephant) face on, the left side of her cheek had a slight bulge just below the left eye. X rays confirmed the full tusk was up there but she never appeared to suffer any discomfort because of it. //Wade Burck
Apologies to Jim Stockley, Circus No-Spin Zone, 2008-09-28

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Joy, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Endangered Ark Foundation in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 10 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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