Wankie (Wanki)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo) in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Wankie (Wanki)  dead elephant


SSP nr73


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 36 years old
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1969
Dead: 2005-05-01
Death reason: euthanised: because of prolonged recumbency. Autopsy showed mycobacteriosis caused by Mycobacterium szulgai
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1982-05-24 Moja SSP id: 215
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo), in United States

Date of arrival

2005-05-01Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo)
from Lincoln Park Zoo

2003-04-14Lincoln Park Zoo
from San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Record history
History of updates2007-12-26

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Wankie (Wanki) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2005-05-01 at Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo), in United States, . Official death reason described as because of prolonged recumbency. Autopsy showed mycobacteriosis caused by Mycobacterium szulgai.


  1. (F) 1982-05-24 Moja SSP id: 215


Wankie (Wanki) was born wild 1969, captured 1969 .

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Wankie, Tatima and Dunda were imported together from Zimbabe to the San Diego Wild Animal Park in September 1971. In 2003, the Wild Animal Park loaned their older African elephants to other locations for the importation of 11 new elephants captured in Swaziland, in collaboration with Lowry Park Zoo which received 4 of these animals. Peaches, Wankie and Tatima were transported in April 2003 to the Lincoln Park Zoo, while Chico was transported to the Caldwell Zoo in Texas. The three cows died within eight months of each other during their time in Chicago. Wankie collapsed in Nebraska during her transport from Chicago to the Hogle Zoo, prompting her euthanization upon arrival. The autopsy revealed she was suffering from lung lesions, reducing her lung capacity by 30%.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Wankie (Wanki), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=427. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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