Tali (Sophie) an African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) at Ramat Gan Zoo

☨ Tali (Sophie)
ID Number:EEP Number: 7305 - 
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 13 years old
Dead date: 1986-10-09
Death reason: anesthesia: died half a minute after injection of the antidote
Location:Ramat Gan Zoo
ArrivalRamat Gan Zoo 1973-07-27
from Arusha National Park
Born:* 1973 wild Tanzania
Document updated2011-10-05: text, sources
She suffered from severe abscesses on her back and hips, caused by blows she recieved from the herd leader Atari and Yossi the male.
While the injuries were open, it was possible to disinfect them, but once closed a severe swelling occured in the hip area.
They decided to tranquilize her in order to treat and drain the injuries.
She was tranquilized and went down on her right side.
After 16 minutes they completed the incision, treatment and draining of the wounds.
During this entire time her breathing was regular.
But half a minute after injection of the antidote Sophie, 13 years old, died.
The cause was not clear.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Tali (Sophie), an African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) at Ramat Gan Zoo in Israel. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3651. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • 1986 Annual Report of Ramat Gan
  • Peter Stolk, Netherlands
  • p 83, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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