Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
San Diego Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Maya  dead elephant


SSP nr223


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 50 years old
Born:* 1940 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1940
Dead: 1990-12-23
Death reason: euthanised: torn ligaments; degenerative arthritis
Locations - owners
Present / last location:San Diego Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1941-08-11San Diego Zoo
from Calcutta Alipore Zoo (Alipore Zoological gardens)

Record history
History of updates2022-01-28

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† Maya is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1990-12-23 at San Diego Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as torn ligaments; degenerative arthritis.


Maya was born wild 1940, captured 1940 .

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In August 1941, the San Diego Zoo imported two Asian cows from the Alipore Zoo in West Bengal India. Maya and Lucki resided together until Lucki's death in August 1988. Maya would only live for another thirty months, passing away at the age of fifty.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Maya, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at San Diego Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Ryan Easley, USA
  • "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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