Sunisa (Avigail, Abigail)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Jerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens) in Israel

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Sunisa (Avigail, Abigail)  dead elephant


EEP nr8716


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 22 years old
Born:* 1987 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2009-07-31
Death reason: maternal death: complications of pregnancy
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2009-07-28
(dead † 2009-07-28)
stillborn EEP id: 200912
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Jerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens), in Israel

Date of arrival

1997-09-23Jerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens)
Record history
History of updates2011-05-04

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Sunisa (Avigail, Abigail) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2009-07-31 at Jerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens), in Israel, . Official death reason described as complications of pregnancy.


  1. () 2009-07-28 -- † 2009-07-28 stillborn EEP id: 200912


Sunisa (Avigail, Abigail) was born wild 1987.

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The Jerusalem Zoo's Abigail died on Friday, 07/31/2009. She went into labour earlier in the week but the calf died before birth. Some parts of the calf were surgically removed by veterinarians from Jerusalem, Berlin and Rotterdam on 07/28.

Sunisa was a small elephant and the calf was very big. After the death of Sunisa no further autopsy has been done.

The naturally conceived calf was the first for both parents.

Abigail and Michaela both arrived to Israel from Thailand in 09/1997 to join the zoo's three female Asian elephants.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sunisa (Avigail, Abigail), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Jerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens) in Israel. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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