Rosa an African savanna elephant at Colchester Zoo
☨ ♀ Rosa Rosa with her former keeper, Niel Williams, 2004, Colchester Zoo. Identification EEP nr 8311 Description Species: African savanna elephant ( Loxodonta africana) Sex and age: Female ♀ 24 years old Origin Born: * 1983 wild Birth place: in Zimbabwe unspecified location Capture: 1985 Imported: 1985? Death Dead date: † 2007-11-06 Death reason: euthanised: vaginal/urinary tract issues Offspring Total: 1 babies 1. Born 2004-03-15 ♂ Jambo EEP id: 20027 Locations Present / last location: Colchester Zoo, in United Kingdom Date of Arrival (Presently sometimes errors!) 1998-02-28 Colchester Zoo from Mary Chipperfield Mary Chipperfield 1985-00-00 from Longleat Safari Park Longleat Safari Park from E.A.G. van den Brink Document updated 2009-01-29: Death, Text
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2020-12-05: picture Google map Random literature Description † Rosa is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, ( Loxodonta africana), who died at Colchester Zoo, in United Kingdom, of euthanised in 2007-11-06. Official death reason described as vaginal/urinary tract issues. (see detailed list). Offspring (M) 2004-03-15 Jambo EEP id: 20027 Origin
Rosa was born wild
1983 at Zimbabwe unspecified location, captured 1985 . and imported 1985? Comments / pictures
Rosa came through Van den Brink from somewhere in South Africa. //Roger Cawley
1998-02-28: Rosa was sold to Colchester by Mary Chipperfield.
Unfortunately, there is great concern surrounding Rosa the elephant at the moment. Rosa has been on treatment for the last two years for the pain that she has been suffering from inoperable problems with her vagina and urinary tract. Unfortunately, this pain relief is no longer proving effective and we are awaiting a decision from our veterinary consultants as to the best course of action.
Sadness as Zoo's Elephant is Put Down, 03/30/2007
Colchester Zoo is very sad to report that ï¿½Rosaï¿½ one of Colchester Zooï¿½s female elephants has had to be put to sleep due to serious health problems.
Rosa gave birth to Jambo, back in 2004 and since then had showed signs of severe discomfort, particularly whilst passing urine. Diagnosis of elephants is not an easy task, particularly due to their size so Colchester Zoo assembled a team of experts to investigate her symptoms. The team included the zooï¿½s consultant veterinary surgeon, from the International Zoo Veterinary Group based in the UK as well as vets from the Berlin Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, experts in the field of elephant reproductive physiology and biology.
Lengthy anaesthesia revealed that Rosa had polyps in her vestibule (entry to the reproductive system) and found evidence of scarring in the vagina that could affect the nerves in the pelvic area and concluded that these could be the cause of her pain. Even at this stage, the veterinary team concluded that surgery was not a viable option. Rosa was then given pain killers when in discomfort, however, over the following months the episodes increased to the point where Rosa was on a permanent pain relief programme.
By May, this year, keepers were reporting that the pain relief was no longer proving effective and her condition appeared to be worsening. In light of this it was decided that Rosa needs to be examined for a second time. The team was to look for changes since her last examination or any other conditions that may have manifested in the interim.
Although the polyps had grown, no other conditions were found and the decision was taken to try a brand new drug to try and help relieve her discomfort. This shrank her uterus and created an early menopause. Despite continuous monitoring over the last 6 months no improvement was seen at all.
On the advice of the veterinary team, Rosa was put to sleep late in the afternoon of the 6th November.
Colchester Zoo Very Sad to Report the Loss of Rosa the Elephant, 07/11/2007 Rosa on elephant-news.comElephant News: articles where Rosa is mentioned on elephant-news.com
Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Rosa, an African savanna elephant at Colchester Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 14 April 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=53. ( archived at the Wayback machine) Sources used for this article is among others:
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