Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Tommy (Mickey) at Endangered Ark Foundation

Tommy (Mickey)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 333 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 28 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Endangered Ark Foundation
ArrivalEndangered Ark Foundation
from Carson and Barnes Circus
Carson and Barnes Circus 1998-06-00
from King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)
King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)
from Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)
Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain) 1994-11-20
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Born:1992-05-25 captive-born in
Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Parents: Vance (Matt) x Birka
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 3 babies

  1. (F) 2007-04-27 Val, SSP nr: 654
  2. (M) 2011-04-25 Hugo, SSP nr: 747
  3. (F) 2015-07-28 Dory Marie, SSP nr: 770? (unconfirmed)
Siblings through the father Vance (Matt):
  1. 1983-09-09(M) Roman
  2. 1983-11-23(F) Targa
  3. 1984-02-02(M) Smokey (Rhani, Ronnie)
  4. 1985-11-24(M) Luke (Sabu)
  5. 1987-01-22(M) Bo (Joe, Kalanan)
  6. 1987-04-02 -- † 2006 (M) Ceasar
  7. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  8. 1988-01-16(M) Hank
  9. 1988-12-30(F) Angel (Alice)
  10. 1989-07-21 -- † 1989-07-21 (M) stillborn
  11. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
  12. 1990-04-13(F) Karnaudi
  13. 1991-01-06 -- † 1999-04-21 (F) Belle
  14. 1991-12-19 -- † 2016-12-26 (M) Benny (Dumbo)
  15. 1992-04-04(F) Tanya
  16. 1992-04-17 -- † 2006-01--31 (F) Maya (Sammi, Sami, Samuel R II)
  17. 1992-10-17 -- † 1992-10-17 (F) stillborn
  18. 1994-08-19 -- † 1998 (M) Kenny (Kenneth)
  19. 1994-10-29(F) Bonnie
  20. 1995-02-03 -- † 1999-07-26 (M) Benjamin
  21. 1995-02-19(F) Shirley
  22. 1996-01-01(F) Kelly Ann
Siblings through the mother Birka:
  1. 1983-11-23(F) Targa
  2. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
Tommy (Mickey)s pedigree:
P I II III

Tommy (Mickey)

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Vance (Matt)

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Birka

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Document updated2009-01-30: Previous locations, SSP, Name
2009-02-06: Previous locations
2009-04-09: Management
2009-11-27: Text
Contradictory records:
According to the North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephant, this elephant is castrated, despite siring a calf at the Endangered Ark Foundation.

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