African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Colchester Zoo in United Kingdom

♀ Tanya


EEP nr8104


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 43 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1981 wild
Birth place: in Africa unspecified location
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2002-12-06
(dead † 2017-03-13)
Kito EEP id: 20013
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Colchester Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1985-11-02Colchester Zoo
from Longleat Safari Park

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Tanya is a living confiscated Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Colchester Zoo, in United Kingdom.

Tanya arrived in 1985-11-02 to the Colchester Zoo, relocated from the Longleat Safari Park, in United Kingdom.


Tanya lives together with 3 other elephants at the Colchester Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Opal born 1982
  2. Tembo born 1983
  3. Zola born 1982


  1. (M) 2002-12-06 -- † 2017-03-13 Kito EEP id: 20013


Tanya was born wild 1981 at Africa unspecified location.

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Tanya was inseminated from the bull Tembo in Colchester, and gave birth to Kito, the first "test-tube" elephant to be born in Britain - this means he was created outside his mother's womb, but was then put inside her to continue growing. Kito was the fifth elephant in the world to have been produced as a result of AI.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tanya, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Colchester Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 May 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=54. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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