Hatari (Baby)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
San Diego Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Hatari (Baby)  dead elephant


SSP nr31


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 39 years old
Born:* 1959 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1959
Dead: 1998-07-23
Death reason: euthanised: arthritis, joint degeneration
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1982-06-22 Tsavo SSP id: 216
Locations - owners
Present / last location:San Diego Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1998-08-23San Diego Zoo
from San Diego Zoo Safari Park

1972-03-01San Diego Zoo Safari Park
from San Diego Zoo

1961-05-28San Diego Zoo
from Paramount

Record history
History of updates2011-04-07: Previous locations, Birth, Name, Death, SSP RE

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† Hatari (Baby) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1998-07-23 at San Diego Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as arthritis, joint degeneration.


  1. (M) 1982-06-22 Tsavo SSP id: 216


Hatari (Baby) was born wild 1959, captured 1959 .

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"It has been reported that Hatari, an African elephant living at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, was put down in July of this year (1998). It is our understanding that Hatari was very sick, unable to support herself, and keepers were unable to properly care for her in their new management system.

Their new management system restricted keepers from entering Harati's stall for treatment. Approximately five months passed without active intervention. Reportedly, she was suffering from Arthritis and by the time they did intervene, her joints were completely degenerated; there was no cartilage left. Additionally, the experimental drug treatment being used caused extensive tissue damage to her Ears.

They made the decision to euthanize Hatari." //Elephants.com

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Hatari (Baby), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at San Diego Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3743. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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