Sophi an African savanna elephant at Indianapolis Zoo

Female ♀ African savanna Sophi at Indianapolis Zoo

☨ Sophi
ID nr:   SSP Number: 66 - 
Species: African savanna elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Dead date: 2020-10-08
Death reason: euthanised: age related
Location:Indianapolis Zoo
ArrivalIndianapolis Zoo 1989-09-15
from African Lion Safari
African Lion Safari 1972-06-00
from Woburn Safari Park
Born:* 1968 wild Uganda
Capture: 1969 ,
Document updated2009-11-19: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Text
2009-11-25: origin in Uganda
Originated from Uganda Ruwenzori range

"Her first home in North America was the African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, where she lived with three African and seven Asian elephants. Over the years, the other African elephants at the park were sold, but Sophi remained as the mainstay for giving rides and doing shows. The Indianapolis Zoo purchased her in 1989. Sophi is the dominant elephant in the Indianapolis group. Sophi is the biggest (though not the tallest) elephant and has a notch in her left ear. Her tusks are the longest and most impressive in the herd and curve upward." In June 2009, she weiged 9,900 pounds.

2020-10-08: Zoo officials said they made "the difficult decision" to euthanize Sophi after her condition declined over the last few days.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Sophi, an African savanna at Indianapolis Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1519. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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