Kubwa at Indianapolis Zoo

ID Number:   SSP Number: 143 - 
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 42 years old
Body weight: 3590.91 kg, 7900.00 lbs
Management:Free contact
Location:Indianapolis Zoo
ArrivedIndianapolis Zoo 1978-03-06
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)
International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar) 1978-02-00
Born:1976 wild Mozambique
Capture: 1978,
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 2000-03-06 -- † 2003-06-03 Amali, SSP nr: 514
  2. (M) 2005-10-18 Kedar, SSP nr: 545
  3. (F) 2011-07-20 Kalina, SSP nr: 574+? (unknown)
Document updated2009-11-19: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Management, Text
2011-07-22: text, weight
For six years, Kubwa was kept as a single elephant until the arrival of Ivory to the Indianapolis Zoo in September 1984. In 1998, she made history as the first African elephant to conceive via Artificial insemination, giving birth to Amali in March 2000, the second elephant in the world born via AI. She again gave birth via AI to Kedar in October 2005, the first elephant in the world to give birth to a second calf via AI. And in july 2011, she once again become mother to an AI born female elephant, becoming the first African elephant in the world to give birth three times via artificial insemination.

"Kubwa is a slender, tall elephant and can be identified by her narrow ankles and hairy ears." In June 2009, she weighed 7,900 pounds.

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