Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Chai at Oklahoma City Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Chai  

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SSP nr246


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1979
Dead: 2016-01-30
Death reason: unknown:
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 2000-11-03
(dead † 2007-06-08)
Hansa SSP id: 528

2. Born 2008-08-14
(dead † 2008-08-14)
miscarriage SSP id: 731
Present / last location:Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2015-05-00Oklahoma City Zoo
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)

Document updated2009-07-11:�Birth date, Text
2009-11-19:�Previous locations, SSP
2016-02-02: transfer and death
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† Chai is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States, 2016-01-30. (see detailed list).


  1. (F) 2000-11-03 -- † 2007-06-08 Hansa SSP id: 528
  2. (F) 2008-08-14 -- † 2008-08-14 miscarriage SSP id: 731


Chai was born wild 1979, captured 1979 .

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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.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Chai, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Oklahoma City Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 2 August 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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