Sandai an Asian elephant at Kolmarden Zoo

Female ♀ Asian  Sandai at Kolmarden Zoo

Elephantkeeper Peter Schröer riding on Sandai in Duisburg Zoo
☨ Sandai
Alternative name:Sita II
ID nr:EEP Number: 8807 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 18 years old
Dead date: 2003-05-14
Death reason: euthanised: Positive Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) trunk-wash test, delivery problem
Location:Kolmarden Zoo
ArrivalKolmarden Zoo 2000-08-23
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) 1994-02-03
from Duisburg Zoo
Duisburg Zoo 1988-07-07
from Usti nad Labem Zoo
Usti nad Labem Zoo 1987-06-18
from Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo)
Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo) 1988-00-00
from Vietnam unspecified location
Born:* 1985 wild
Freight:ship from Saigon
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (M) 2003-05-14 -- † 2003-05-14 stillborn
Document updated2009-03-05: alternative name Sita II
2018-05-10: import
Sandai was imported from Saigon Zoo to Usti nad Labem in 1987-06-18 with the name Sita. She was small and thin and in poor condition.

She was later transfered through Duisburg (where her name was changed) to Hagenbecks in Hamburg.

Together with the whole grup of elephants in Kolmarden she was infected with TBC shortly after her arrival in 2000. She became pregnant with the bull Brahma in Kolmarden Zoo, and efforts was made to save her baby, but without success, and she was euthanized, as well as the total group of elephants in Kolmarden.

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Koehl, D., (2020). Sandai, an Asian at Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 November 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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