Kosik (Koshik)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Yongin Everland theme park and zoo in South Korea

♂ Kosik (Koshik)

Identification


Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 32 years old
Management:Free contact
Origin
Born:* 1990 wild
Birth place:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Yongin Everland theme park and zoo, in South Korea

Date of arrival

Yongin Everland theme park and zoo
Record history
History of updates2010-10-12: news article
2012-11-07: confirmed talker

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Biography

Location


Kosik (Koshik) is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Yongin Everland theme park and zoo, in South Korea.

Kosik (Koshik) arrived to the Yongin Everland theme park and zoo unknown date, Kosik (Koshik) lives together with 1 other elephants at the Yongin Everland theme park and zoo:

  1. Udara born 2009-04-04

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Origin


Kosik (Koshik) was born wild 1990.


Comments / pictures

2010: Claimed to be putting its Trunk in its mouth and mimicking the words it heard from its caretakers: "yes," "no," "lie down," "sit down," and four other phrases.

2012: a male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) that imitates human speech, matching Korean formants and fundamental frequency in such detail that Korean native speakers can readily understand and transcribe the imitations. To create these very accurate imitations of speech formant frequencies, this elephant (named Koshik) places his Trunk inside his mouth, modulating the shape of the vocal tract during controlled phonation.

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). Kosik (Koshik), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Yongin Everland theme park and zoo in South Korea. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 19 January 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5286. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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Categories1990 births | Elephants from Yongin Everland theme park and zoo | South Korea | Asian elephants


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