Sonia (Sona)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ostrava Zoo in Czech Republic

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Sonia (Sona)  dead elephant


EEP nr6709


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 35 years old
Born:* 1956 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1962
Dead: 1991-10-16
Death reason: euthanised: hoof Cancer
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ostrava Zoo, in Czech Republic

Date of arrival

1967-09-10Ostrava Zoo
from Dvur Kralove Zoo

1962-07-09Dvur Kralove Zoo
from Tilburg Zoo

Record history
History of updates2021-03-01

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Sonia (Sona) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1991-10-16 at Ostrava Zoo, in Czech Republic, . Official death reason described as hoof Cancer.


Sonia (Sona) was born wild 1956, captured 1962 .

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According to the Ostrava Zoo's website, Sonia was transferred to the Dvur Kralov Zoo in 1962 from a circus after she attacked her trainer. During her time at Ostrava, she was kept with the male African elephant Peter until his frequent aggression towards her led the two to be separated.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sonia (Sona), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ostrava Zoo in Czech Republic. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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