Tonga (Rambo) an African savanna elephant at Vienna Zoo


♀ Tonga (Rambo)
Tonga with Dan Koehl in winter snow 1998. Photo: © <a href=Jutta Kirchner' >
Tonga with Dan Koehl in winter snow 1998. Jutta Kirchner

Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 36 years old
Id numberEEP Number: 8604
Management:Protected contact
Origin
Born:* 1985 wild
Birth place: in Kruger National Park
Offspring
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 2003-05-25 Mongu EEP id: 20022

2. Born 2013-09-04 Iqhwa
Locations
Present / last location:Vienna Zoo, in Austria

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1998-08-18Vienna Zoo
from Bussolengo Safari Park (Garda Zoological Park)
Bussolengo Safari Park (Garda Zoological Park) 1988-06-10
from Firma Ruhe
Firma Ruhe
from Kruger National Park

Document updated2009-10-23: prev location
2012-08-25: pregnant
2013-11-03: not pregnant
2017-03-08: link to Elefanten-Fotolexikon (Petra Prager) submitted
2017-03-08: link to ele-wiki submitted
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Tonga (Rambo) is a Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), living in Vienna Zoo, in Austria.

Tonga (Rambo) arrived in Vienna Zoo 1998-08-18, relocated from Bussolengo Safari Park (Garda Zoological Park), in Italy.

In Vienna Zoo, Tonga (Rambo) lives together with 5 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Iqhwa born 2013-09-04
  2. ,
  3. Kibali born 2019-07-13
  4. ,
  5. Mongu born 2003-05-25
  6. ,
  7. Numbi born 1992
  8. ,
  9. Tembo born 1985-00-00
  10. , (see detailed list).

Offspring


  1. (F) 2003-05-25 Mongu EEP id: 20022
  2. (F) 2013-09-04 Iqhwa

Origin


Tonga (Rambo) was born wild 1985 at Kruger National Park.


Comments / pictures

Tonga was not totally off-hand in Bussolengo, but not really trained. The headkeeper Gian Carlo, managed her in a friendly, not dominant way, and she had a nice relation with him and other keepers in Bussolengo.



When she grew older, she started to destroy her stable, and since she was Bussolengos last and only elephant, it was decided to sell her to Sch�nbrunn in Vienna. She was transfered to free contact training by Dan Koehl during a hot summer in 1998. Already after two weeks she could be ridden.

In November 2011 Tonga was inseminated with semen from a wild elephant bull in Africa.



Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Tonga (Rambo), an African savanna at Vienna Zoo in Austria. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 January 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=7. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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