Wanda (Annette)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
PAWS ARK 2000 in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Wanda (Annette)  dead elephant


SSP nr228


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 57 years old
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2015-02-12
Death reason: euthanised: arthritic
Locations - owners
Present / last location:PAWS ARK 2000, in United States

Date of arrival

2005-04-08PAWS ARK 2000
from Detroit Zoo

1994-09-11Detroit Zoo
from Fort Worth Zoo

1986-04-28Fort Worth Zoo
from San Antonio Zoo

1966-08-12San Antonio Zoo
from Kilroy Ranch

1964-00-00Kilroy Ranch
from Carson and Barnes Circus

1963-00-00Carson and Barnes Circus 1963-00-00
from Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel)

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History of updates2024-04-11:

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† Wanda (Annette) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2015-02-12 at PAWS ARK 2000, in United States, . Official death reason described as arthritic.


Wanda (Annette) was born wild 1958.

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The Carson & Barnes Circus never had more than five elephants on the show under Jack Moore. The 1962 Group included Mabel, Jenny, Josky, Wanda and Suzie. At the close of the season Wanda was sold to a Texas oil man named Bill Kilroy. The same year Kilroy imported another female Asian elephant named Missy, who he had trained by Smokey Jones. Wanda and Missy would then stay together for the next thirty three years until Missy's death in 1997. This included a donation together to the San Antonio Zoo and transfers to the Fort Worth and Detroit zoos.

In April 2005, the Detroit Zoo permanently closed their elephant exhibit at the direction of their Animal Rights-sympathetic director Ron Kagan. Wanda and Winky were both sent to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a private institution owned by Pat Derby.

Wanda is one of the two elephants at the center on controversy with the Detroit Zoo's decision to abandon their elephant display. When the decision was made to move the elephants because of the unnatural cold winters, Wanda and Winky were caught in the battle of Detroit Zoo looking for a place to send them, AZA saying not unless we approve, and the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas saying now wait a minute, we still own Wanda, she's just loaned to you.
Bob Cline, 2007-09-05

Contradictory records:

"Her life history is documented in the Asian Elephant studbook under Stud # 228. It notes she was born in the wild in 1958. However the studbook says she came from Disneyland, where as my records say she came from Thousand Oaks to Carson & Barnes."
Bob Cline, 2007-09-05

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Wanda (Annette), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at PAWS ARK 2000 in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=156. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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