African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Toronto Zoo in Canada

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tessa  dead elephant


SSP nr345


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1971
Dead: 2009-06-13
Death reason: killed: injury caused from exhibit mate
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1984-09-13
(dead † 1984-09-15)
T.W. SSP id: 411
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Toronto Zoo, in Canada

Date of arrival

1974-07-30Toronto Zoo
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)

1974-00-00International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)
from Wingst Baby Zoo

Wingst Baby Zoo
from Firma Ruhe

Record history
History of updates2008-12-25: Management RE
2009-06-15: Death RE
2011-02-15: Death RE
2012-04-06: prev locations

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tessa is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2009-06-13 at Toronto Zoo, in Canada, . Official death reason described as injury caused from exhibit mate.


  1. (F) 1984-09-13 -- † 1984-09-15 T.W. SSP id: 411


Tessa was born wild 1969, captured 1971 .

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“An African elephant living at the Toronto Zoo died Saturday after another elephant knocked her over as the Herd scrambled for its hay at feeding time. Tessa, the 40-year-old elephant who lived at the zoo since its opening in 1974, lived with four other elephants in the five-acre enclosure."

"Tessa, 40, died 2009. She fell against an electric fence after being hit by another elephant during a struggle over hay. The Necropsy report indicates she died from a combination of the attempts to get her on her Feet and chronic wasting syndrome."

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Koehl, Dan, (2021). Tessa, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Toronto Zoo in Canada. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 January 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2098. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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