Tess
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Houston Zoo in United States

Biography
♀ Tess
Tupelo, right from her mother Tess
Tupelo, right from her mother Tess
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Identification

SSP nr288

Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 43 years old
Management:Free contact
Origin
Born:* 1981 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Offspring
Total: 7 babies

1. Born 1998-07-30
(dead † 1999-03-22)
Annie SSP id: 510

2. Born 2005-05-12 Tucker SSP id: 632

3. Born 2010-10-03 Tupelo SSP id: 735

4. Born 2014-06-30
(dead † 2014-06-30)
fetus (twin) SSP id: 761

5. Born 2014-06-30
(dead † 2014-06-30)
fetus (twin) SSP id: 762

6. Born 2018-06-17 Tilly SSP id: 00

7. Born 2021-05-16 Teddy SSP id: 00
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Houston Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2008-09-12Houston Zoo
from Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)

2001-06-13Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)
from Denver Zoo

2001-05-19Denver Zoo
from Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)

1998-04-01Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)
from African Lion Safari (Ontario)

1995-02-12African Lion Safari (Ontario)
from Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)

1993-12-29Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson) 1993-12-29
from Los Angeles Zoo

1990-01-14Los Angeles Zoo
from Melaka Zoo (Malacca Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2021-06-18

Latest document update2024-06-30 07:39:16
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Biography


Tess is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Houston Zoo, in United States.

Tess arrived in 2008-09-12 to the Houston Zoo, relocated from the Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson), in United States.


Social

Tess lives together with 11 other elephants at the Houston Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. 8. ♂ Chuck born 2008-07-15
  2. 9. ♀ Joy born 2017-07-12
  3. 10. ♀ Methai (Me Thai) born 1969
  4. 11. ♂ Nelson born 2020-05-12
  5. 12. ♀ Shanti born 1990-10-11
  6. 13. ♂ Teddy born 2021-05-16
  7. 14. ♂ Thai (Thailand) born 1965
  8. 15. ♀ Tilly born 2018-06-17
  9. 16. ♂ Tucker born 2005-05-12
  10. 17. ♀ Tupelo born 2010-10-03
  11. 18. ♀ Winnie born 2021-03-10

Offspring


  1. (F) 1998-07-30 -- † 1999-03-22 Annie SSP id: 510
  2. (M) 2005-05-12 Tucker SSP id: 632
  3. (F) 2010-10-03 Tupelo SSP id: 735
  4. () 2014-06-30 -- † 2014-06-30 fetus (twin) SSP id: 761
  5. () 2014-06-30 -- † 2014-06-30 fetus (twin) SSP id: 762
  6. (F) 2018-06-17 Tilly SSP id: 00
  7. (M) 2021-05-16 Teddy SSP id: 00


Origin

Tess was born wild 1981 at Asia unspecified location.


Comments / pictures

2008: In September 2008, the Houston Zoo purchased Tess and her son Tucker from Have Trunk Will Travel in Calfornia.

2010: In February 2010, the Houston Zoo announced that two of its female elephants were pregnant. Shanti was due to give birth in the spring and Tess in the fall, both impregnated naturally by the zoo's breeding bull, Thai.

2018-05-11: Tess pregnant, due this summer

2024-06-18: Tess, a 40-year-old Asian elephant at Houston Zoo, has been given the first-ever dose of an mRNA vaccine created by virologists at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) to prevent the deadly elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) 1A—a devastating viral disease in Asian elephants worldwide. Over the next few weeks, animal care experts and veterinary staff at Houston Zoo will closely monitor Tess to learn how effective this vaccine is for elephants. Tuesday, June 18, the first dose was given to Tess. The vaccine’s effectiveness will be measured by evaluating antibody levels in her blood while monitoring for specific side effects or adverse reactions such as injection site swelling or allergic reaction.Tess, mother to Tucker (19), Tupelo (13), Tilly (6), and Teddy (3) and grandmother to Winnie (3), is currently doing well post-vaccination.



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2024-06-18 Houston zoo elephant receives first ever mrna eehv vaccine - Elephant News

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References

Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tess, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Houston Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1756. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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