Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


John at Lisbon Zoo (Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa)

† John
ID Number:EEP Number: 8903 - 
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 21 years old
Dead date: 2010-10-22
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Lisbon Zoo (Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa)
ArrivalLisbon Zoo (Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa) 1991-09-18
from Kruger National Park
Born:1989 wild in
Kruger National Park
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 4 babies

  1. (F) 2003-04-16 -- † 2003-04-21 noname
  2. (M) 2004-01-01 -- † 2006-12 Trombinhas, EEP nr: 20026
  3. (F) 2005-03-20 Primavera, EEP nr: 20032
  4. (F) 2006-05-25 Assuncao, EEP nr: 20043
Document updated2011-06-05: death
2018-09-16: link to EleWiki submitted

Sources, among others

  • Peter Stolk
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger
  • African Elephant Studbook, Europe Regional EEP
    by Amelia Terkel, Zoological center Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Israel

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