Sissy (Gerry II)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) in United States

♀ Sissy (Gerry II)


SSP nr17


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 56 years old
Management:Protected contact

People killed:1
Born:* 1968 wild
Birth place:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States

Date of arrival

2000-01-26Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)
from El Paso Zoo

1998-11-04El Paso Zoo
from Houston Zoo

1998-04-30Houston Zoo
from Buck Zoo (Frank Buck Zoo), Gainesville

1988-04-24Buck Zoo (Frank Buck Zoo), Gainesville
from Fort Worth Zoo

1986-04-26Fort Worth Zoo
from Six Flags Over Texas

Record history
History of updates2021-06-23

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Sissy (Gerry II) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States.

Sissy (Gerry II) arrived in 2000-01-26 to the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), relocated from the El Paso Zoo, in United States.


Sissy (Gerry II) lives together with 11 other elephants at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES):

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. 1. ♂ Artie (Aardvark) born 1983
  2. 2. ♀ Billie born 1962
  3. 3. ♀ Debbie born 1971
  4. 4. ♀ Donna born 1980
  5. 5. ♀ Edie born 1983
  6. 6. ♀ Flora born 1982
  7. 7. ♀ Minnie (Packy II, Talli) born 1966
  8. 8. ♀ Nosey (Tiny, Peanut) born 1982
  9. 9. ♀ Ronnie (Maharani) born 1966
  10. 10. ♀ Sukari born 1984
  11. 11. ♀ Tange born 1975


Sissy (Gerry II) was born wild 1968.

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Gerry II was suspected of killing zoo supervisor Lee Rhoades of Gainesville, either accidentally or in self-defense during a routine cage visit. An investigation was inconclusive, but the City Council voted to move the elephant to another zoo.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sissy (Gerry II), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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