Tunga (Tonga) at Hawthorn Corporation

† Tunga (Tonga)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 47 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 32 years
Dead date: 1996-09-19
Death reason: disease: massive heart failure. Tuberculosis?
Location:Hawthorn Corporation
ArrivedHawthorn Corporation 1991-07-03
from Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)
Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo) 1979-10-25
from Morgan Berry
Born:1964 wild
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 3 babies

  1. (M) 1982-10-01 -- † 2012-01-11 Sabu (Look Chai), SSP nr: 69
  2. (M) 1993-12-07 -- † 1993-12-15 Bernie, SSP nr: 349
  3. (M) 1993-12-15 Nicholas (Nickolaus), SSP nr: 351
Document updated2009-08-25: Text, image of news article
2011-01-02: Death RE
2012-10-30: deat re
I know for a fact that a minimum of two of the Hawthorn elephants died from TB, Tunga, the bull I spent time with at the Portland Zoo and Joyce.
Wayne Jackson, Canada

Tonga may have killed his trainer Morgan Berry in June, 1979.


Sources, among others

  • Wayne Jackson, Canada.
  • http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19790628&id=uXARAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MeIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6586,8818440
  • "Table 4: Captive Elephants 1988-1999 and Additions to 1980-1988 Records," Elephant, The Publication of the Elephant Research Foundation, Vol 2 No 4, January 2000. p 65-71
  • Asian Elephant Studbook 2003-2005, AZA North America (PDF) by Mike Keele and Karen Lewis

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