Del Rita
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Endangered Ark Foundation in United States

♀ Del Rita


SSP nr675


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 53 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1970 wild
Birth place:
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1999-03
(dead † 1999-03)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Endangered Ark Foundation, in United States

Date of arrival

Endangered Ark Foundation
from Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary

Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
from Endangered Ark Foundation

1999-10-03Endangered Ark Foundation
from Dickerson Park Zoo

1999-08-28Dickerson Park Zoo
from Endangered Ark Foundation

1995-00-00Endangered Ark Foundation
from Bucky Steele

Bucky Steele
from Endangered Ark Foundation

Endangered Ark Foundation
from Carson and Barnes Circus

Record history
History of updates2009-04-11: New elephant RE
2011-01-02: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Text RE
2011-12-10: Article RE

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Del Rita is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Endangered Ark Foundation, in United States.

Del Rita arrived to the Endangered Ark Foundation unknown date, relocated from the Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary, in United States.

Del Rita lives together with 10 other elephants at the Endangered Ark Foundation:
  1. 2. ♀ Alta born 1964-07-11
  2. 3. ♂ Cameron Lee born 2020-08-02
  3. 4. ♀ Dory Marie born 2015-07-28
  4. 5. ♀ Lilly (Lillie) born 1967
  5. 6. ♀ Margaret born 1969
  6. 7. ♂ Obert born 2003-08-20
  7. 8. ♀ Rosie born 1969
  8. 9. ♀ Suzy
  9. 10. ♂ Tommy (Mickey) born 1992-05-25
  10. 11. ♀ Whimpy born 1970

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


  1. (F) 1999-03 -- † 1999-03 none


Del Rita was born wild 1970.

Comments / pictures

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
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

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, Dan, (2021). Del Rita, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Endangered Ark Foundation in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 January 2023 at (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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