Kara (Soma)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Kara (Soma)  dead elephant


SSP nr98


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 42 years old
Born:* 1975 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1976
Dead: 2017-06-07
Death reason: euthanised: chronic osteoarthritis
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens, in United States

Date of arrival

1983-04-28Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens
from Remo & Irene Cristiani

1976-03-07Remo & Irene Cristiani
from Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2012-05-28: Cristiani, Name, Management RE
2018-02-28: death

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Kara (Soma) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2017-06-07 at Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens, in United States, . Official death reason described as chronic osteoarthritis.


Kara (Soma) was born wild 1975, captured 1976 .

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Kara (Soma), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 November 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=839. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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