|Asha||ID Number:||SSP Number: 365 -|
|Species:||Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)|
|Sex and age:||Female ♀ 23 years old|
|Body weight:||3409.09 kg, 7500.00 lbs|
|Location:||Oklahoma City Zoo|
|Arrived||Oklahoma City Zoo 2010-10-18|
from Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum 2008-06-12
from Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo 1998-12-01
from Dickerson Park Zoo
|Born:||1995-02-02 captive-born in|
Dickerson Park Zoo
|Parents:||Onyx (Big Mac) x Connie (Pinky)|
|Offspring and year of birth:|
|Siblings through the father Onyx (Big Mac):|
|Siblings through the mother Connie (Pinky):|
|Document updated||2009-12-07: Pregnant RE|
2009-12-12: Text RE
2010-10-18: transfered back to Okl.
2011-05-06: Birth of calf RE
2018-05-12: reported pregnant
|In December 1998, half sisters Asha and Chandra were sold to the Oklahoma City Zoo. At their new home, they were both transitioned from Free to Protected Contact. In the summer of 2008, both cows were transferred across the state to the Tulsa Zoo on a breeding loan, slated to return by the end of 2010 upon the completion of a new Asia exhibit.|
The new Asia exhibit was designed as an 11 acre, $23 million dollar project due to open in 2011. The elephant exhibit will be designed as though entering Thailand and giving the elephants up to six acres of grassland, as opposed to the previous quarter acre of concrete.
A year after arriving, Asha and Chandra were introduced together to Sneezy in the summer of 2009. After behavioral changes and high hormone levels in bloodwork, Asha was confirmed pregnant when a heartbeat was detected during an ultrasound in October. It was announced to the public in December.
The new calf is due this fall after a 22-month gestation...The unborn calf’s father, 49-year-old Rex, arrived at the Zoo in 2011 from Canada’s African Lion Safari.
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