Tanya (Tonya) an African savanna elephant at Caldwell Zoo

♀ Tanya (Tonya)
Tanya and Rolinda. Caldwell Zoo 11/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Tanya and Rolinda. Caldwell Zoo 11/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley


SSP nr157


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 44 years old
Body weight: 4545.45 kg, 10000.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1977 wild
Birth place:
Present / last location:Caldwell Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1988-12-15Caldwell Zoo
from St Louis Zoo
St Louis Zoo 1984-10-21
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Document updated2009-01-23: Birth, Management RE
2009-02-06: Image, Text RE
2010-11-22: Weight, Image, Text RE
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Tanya (Tonya) is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), located at Caldwell Zoo, in United States.

Tanya (Tonya) arrived Caldwell Zoo 1988-12-15, relocated from St Louis Zoo, in United States.

In Caldwell Zoo, Tanya (Tonya) lives together with 2 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Emanti born 2010-05-13
  2. ,
  3. Mac born 2010-04-12
  4. , (see detailed list).


Tanya (Tonya) was born wild 1977.

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Tanya's arrival to the Caldwell Zoo in December 1988 began the first step in the St. Louis Zoo's Asian elephant breeding program. She originally arrived in St. Louis in 1984 when the zoo agreed to take her after a failed sale from an animal auction in Cape Girardeau. She was kept as a single elephant and performed a single act in the zoo's Elephant Show, preceding the five act of Asian elephants.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tanya (Tonya), an African savanna elephant at Caldwell Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 May 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4392. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Ryan Easley, USA


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