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Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Tulsa Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tova  dead elephant


SSP nr413


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 46 years old
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2015-11-15
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Tulsa Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2015-09-28Tulsa Zoo
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

2003-00-00Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

2003-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

1989-00-00Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
from Robert Bobby Moore

Record history
History of updates2009-01-15: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Text
2015-12-29: transfer
2015-12-30: death

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tova is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2015-11-15 at Tulsa Zoo, in United States, .


Tova was born wild 1969.

Comments / pictures

If the Asian stud book is correct, Daffodil became Ringling Reba. She was at the stud farm for a while and continued with her bad attitude. She is now at the Phoenix Zoo in protected contact. Tova has quite the rep too. Tom Hafner and Dan Subaitus told me about couple of her attacks. After being at the stud farm for a while she was sent out on the blue unit in 03 to replace Zina. Within two weeks she had already sent one of the guys I knew through the elephant tent side wall and was intending to finish the job if not for her chain. Joey Ratliff
Bobby Moore Elephants #1 (Wayne Jackson Collection), Buckles Web Log, 10/02/06

2005: Almost killed David Mannes.

From Scott Riddle (continued) The center ring of elephants were Asia- Dame- Smokey- Tonka & Luna worked by Bobby Moore and Betsy. Heidi and I worked the first ring with Tova- Emma- Mary & Makia. The other end ring was Mysore- Dolly- Minnie & Jack worked by Troy Metzler and Jim (Ichabod) Patterson. We did a cross mount after the acts with Calcutta and our two little Africans Solomon and Muggs added. The center elephant was Minnie worked by Smokey Jones.
More on 1988 in Japan #3, Buckles Web Log, 10/20/08

Another photo from the Japan trip. There is no indication as to whether or not this was taken in Japan or in the U.S. "It was taken on the dock in Japan while waiting for the tent to be erected. John Herriott made this tour and could write a book about the deeds and misdeeds of the adventure. Sixteen elephants were included, nine owned by Bobby Moore, three by Scott Riddle and the four remaining Diano elephants from RBBB."
Bobby Moore elephants: 1. Asia, 2. Dame, 3. Emma, 4. Tova, 5. Mekeah (African female), 6. Jack (African male), 7. Tonka, 8. Smokey (Asian male), 9. Luna.
Scott Riddle elephants: 1. Mary, 2. Solomon (African male), 3. Muggs (African female).
RBBB elephants: 1. Minnie, 2. Calcutta, 3. Mysore, 4. Dolly." Buckles

RBBB in Japan 1988 #2, Buckles Web Log, 12/18/08

2015-11-15: Tulsa Zoo's elephant, Tova, dies Sunday morning after rapid decline in health

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Tova, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Tulsa Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 10 June 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3360. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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