Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Topeka Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Sunda  dead elephant


EEP nr6216
SSP nr238


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 56 years old
Born:* 1962 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 2018-09-12
Death reason: euthanised: collapsed
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Topeka Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1966-07-16Topeka Zoo
from Catskill Game Farm

1964-07-01Catskill Game Farm
from Augsburg Zoo

Record history
History of updates2009-03-01: Management, Text
2009-09-28: prev locations
2018-03-13: sick
2018-09-12: dead
2021-12-24: Born in Asia

Latest document update2021-12-24 08:20:25
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† Sunda is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2018-09-12 at Topeka Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as collapsed.


Sunda was born wild 1962 at Asia unspecified location.

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The Topeka Zoo's two elephants Sunda and Tembo have been in protected contact since 1996. They have been together since Tembo's arrival in 1976. Topeka Zoo is one of the few facilities in North America to still have cohabitating Species kept together.

2018-03-13; "Last Monday, Sunda started blowing a discharge from her trunk," said Zoo Director Brendan Wiley. "Sunday morning, the illness took a turn for the worse. She became very lethargic; almost unresponsive. She was very pale. By early afternoon on Sunday, she began to stabilize."

2018-09-12: Monday was the first day she couldn't stand on her own, she couldn’t stand up on her own, the zoo says. The Topeka Fire Department used straps, pulleys, and ropes to lift her to her Feet.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Sunda, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Topeka Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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