Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Oklahoma City Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Chai  dead elephant

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SSP nr246


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place: in Thailand unspecified location
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
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2015-05-00Oklahoma City Zoo
from Seattle Zoo (Woodland Park Zoo)

1999-09-13Seattle Zoo (Woodland Park Zoo)
from Dickerson Park Zoo

1998-09-20Dickerson Park Zoo
from Seattle Zoo (Woodland Park Zoo)

1980-03-30Seattle Zoo (Woodland Park Zoo)
from Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo
from Thailand unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2020-12-04

Latest document update2021-08-04 01:06:55
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† Chai is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2016-01-30 at Oklahoma City Zoo, in United States, .


  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 at Thailand unspecified location, captured 1979 . and imported 1980

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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 list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Chai, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Oklahoma City Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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