Tali (Sophie) an African savanna elephant at Ramat Gan Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Tali (Sophie)  


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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 13 years old
Born:* 1973 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1973? Arusha National Park
Dead date: 1986-10-09
Death reason: anesthesia: died half a minute after injection of the antidote
Present / last location:Ramat Gan Zoo, in Israel

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1973-07-27Ramat Gan Zoo
from Arusha National Park

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† Tali (Sophie) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Ramat Gan Zoo, in Israel, of anesthesia in 1986-10-09. Official death reason described as died half a minute after injection of the antidote. (see detailed list).


Tali (Sophie) was born wild 1973, captured 1973? , captured at Arusha National Park. and imported 1973

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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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tali (Sophie), an African savanna elephant at Ramat Gan Zoo in Israel. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 April 2021 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
  • African Elephant Studbook, Europe Regional EEP
    by Amelia Terkel, Zoological center Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Israel


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