Chai at Oklahoma City Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Chai at Oklahoma City Zoo

† Chai
ID Number:   SSP Number: 246 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Dead date: 2016-01-30
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Oklahoma City Zoo
ArrivedOklahoma City Zoo 2015-05-00
from Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo 1999-09-13
from Dickerson Park Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo 1998-09-20
from Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo 1980-03-30
from Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)
Born:1979 wild Thailand
Capture: 1979,
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 2000-11-03 -- † 2007-06-08 Hansa, SSP nr: 528
  2. (F) 2008-08-14 -- † 2008-08-14 miscarriage, SSP nr: 731
Document updated2009-07-11:├»┬┐┬ŻBirth date, Text
2009-11-19:├»┬┐┬ŻPrevious locations, SSP
2016-02-02: transfer and death
Chai was a gift to the citizens of Seattle in 1980 from Thai Airways International and the Dusit Zoo (Bangkok, Thailand) to celebrate the inaugual service of the airline to the United States.

For six years, attempts were made to artificially inseminate Chai. She was unsuccessfully inseminated more than 50 times. As a result, she was transferred to the Dickerson Park Zoo for a year-long breeding loan.

Lately, she has been artificially inseminated, twice. The first (2006) inseminated baby was aborted at an early stage.

Chai was once more artificially inseminated in January 2008, but misscarried again in August 2008.

2016: Zookeepers discovered her in the elephant yard Saturday morning, January 30, 2016, at approximately 7:30 a.m.

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