Letchmi an Asian elephant at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)

☨ Letchmi
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ < 1, unknown age
Dead date:
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
ArrivalSri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) 1930-00-00
Born:* 1916 wild
Document updated2010-09-08: 

born - 1916 - arrived 1930
from Kandy area
bought for zoo
she is around 8 1/2 foot tall and weighs around 5 ton
good eyes
has a lot of pink on her trunk and head
her trunk is a foot longer than the others and is thicker at the base
she is on her last set of teeth and they are rapidly wearing down, she only has 3
molars left, her bottom left molar has fallen out
she has a long lip
white hair on her tail
has a few bad nails on front and back feet
her nails are white
she was wild caught and caused a lot of trouble on her arrival
in the beginning no one could work with her
it took 4-5 months to break her
when she was younger all elephants were scared of her
before water was pumped around zoo, she pulled a cart with water to supply water
for all the animals in the zoo
since then she has helped break a lot of elephants for mahouts
very good worker when younger does elephant dance

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Letchmi, an Asian at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) in Sri Lanka. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 31 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=6130. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Wayne Jackson, Canada

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