Del Rita an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Endangered Ark Foundation

Del Rita
ID nr:   SSP Number: 675 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 50 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Endangered Ark Foundation
ArrivalEndangered Ark Foundation
from Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
from Endangered Ark Foundation
Endangered Ark Foundation 1999-10-03
from Dickerson Park Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo 1999-08-28
from Endangered Ark Foundation
Endangered Ark Foundation 1995-00-00
from Bucky Steele
Bucky Steele
from Endangered Ark Foundation
Endangered Ark Foundation
from Carson and Barnes Circus
Born:* 1970 wild
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1999-03 -- † 1999-03 none
Document updated2009-04-11: New elephant RE
2011-01-02: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Text RE
2011-12-10: Article RE
Image at ShowMe Elephants: "Photographs From the Son," 12/10/2011

Records about Del Rita from Bob Cline
Del Rita, Female Asian
1970 - Born in the wild
1986 to Present - Carson & Barnes Circus
1995 - Bred To BUKE
1997 - due around Dec. 1


Del Rita gave birth to a stillborn calf in March 1999. The fetus was in breach position and subsequently died. Del Rita had been bred at Bucky Steele's Ranch in Jefferson, Texas.


Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Del Rita, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Endangered Ark Foundation in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4718. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • "Table 4: Captive Elephants 1988-1999 and Additions to 1980-1988 Records," Elephant, The Publication of the Elephant Research Foundation, Vol 2 No 4, January 2000. p 65-71

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