African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Knoxville Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Tonka  dead elephant
Tonka. Knoxville Zoo 02/2008. Photo: © Amanda Pippin
Tonka. Knoxville Zoo 02/2008. Photo: © Amanda Pippin


SSP nr163


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 45 years old
Body height: 3.14 meter, 10.3 feet
Body weight: 6818.18 kg, 15000.00 lbs
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1981
Imported:1981 by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
Dead: 2024-05-08
Death reason: euthanised: acute pain and swelling in his left front leg
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Knoxville Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1981-03-10Knoxville Zoo
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

1981-00-00International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
from Kruger National Park

Record history
History of updates0000-00-00

Latest document update2024-05-13 08:46:22
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† Tonka is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2024-05-08 at Knoxville Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as acute pain and swelling in his left front leg.


Tonka was born wild 1979, captured 1981 . and imported 1981 by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

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In November 2010, it was announced that Tonka measured 10'4" at the shoulder and weighed 15000 pounds.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tonka, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Knoxville Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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