Onyx (Big Mac) at Dickerson Park Zoo

† Onyx (Big Mac)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 104 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 40 years
Dead date: 2002-05-22
Death reason: disease: intestinal rupture
Location:Dickerson Park Zoo
ArrivedDickerson Park Zoo 1980-09-26
from ARC (Murray Hill-Arlan Seidon)
ARC (Murray Hill-Arlan Seidon) 1965-08-09
from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 1965-07-30
from
Born:1962 wild India
Body height (m and feet): 3.08 meter, 10.1 feet
Body weight (kgs and pounds): 5454.55 kg, 12000.00 lbs
Capture: 1964
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 12 babies

  1. (F) 1985-06-12 -- † 1985-06-12 noname, SSP nr: 106
  2. (F) 1990-10-11 Shanti, SSP nr: 308
  3. (F) 1991-07-26 -- † 1993-02-28 Maiya (Kate), SSP nr: 312
  4. (M) 1992-09-07 -- † 1992-09-07 stillborn, SSP nr: 334
  5. (M) 1992-12-27 Raja, SSP nr: 339
  6. (F) 1995-02-02 Asha, SSP nr: 365
  7. (F) 1996-07-02 Chandra, SSP nr: 385
  8. (M) 1997-09-06 -- † 1997-09-06 stillborn, SSP nr: 405
  9. (M) 1998-05-17 -- † 2000-11-29 Kala, SSP nr: 509
  10. (M) 1999-11-28 -- † 2002-06-07 Haji, SSP nr: 520
  11. (M) 2000-04-12 -- † 2000-04-12 Pete, SSP nr: 522
  12. (F) 2000-11-03 -- † 2007-06-08 Hansa, SSP nr: 528
Document updated2009-01-23: Death
2009-11-27: Birth
2010-01-12: Text
2010-11-12: height and weight
Onyx was born in the Assam Valley in northern India. Onyx, Tory and Dutchess, presented by Murray Hill, performed as a three act known as the "Mitie Mites." The combined weight of the group did not exceed one thousand pounds at one point.

In June 1984, Onyx was transported to the Fort Worth Zoo for several days.

In February 1982, Onyx weighed 7580 pounds.
In April 1983, Onyx measured 10'1" tall at the shoulder, a length of 128 inches, a girth of 183 inches, a skull width of 33.5 inches, a front foot circumference of 50 inches and back foot circumference of 46 inches.
In May 2002, Onyx weighed 12000 pounds.

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