Winky at Wildlife Safari

† Winky
ID Number:   SSP Number: 740 / T1056 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1982-06-10
Death reason: unknown:
People killed:1
Location:Wildlife Safari
ArrivedWildlife Safari 1982-06-10
from Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)
Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo) 1967-07-00
from Morgan Berry
Morgan Berry 1967-07-00
from Henry Vilas Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo 1950-06-30
from Trefflichs Bird and Animal Company (Henry Trefflich)
Born: wild Malaysia
Document updated2010-09-24:�New elephant RE
2010-10-03:�Previous locations, Text RE
2016-01-05: SSP nr
Previous SSP number: T1056
Records about Winky from SSPNorth American Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Winky:

740 F ~ 1943 WILD WILD ASIA ???? NONE Capture Winkie
MADISON 30-Jun-50 ________ Transfer
BERRY M ~ Jul 1967 ________ Transfer
PORTLAND ~ Jul 1967 ________ Transfer
WINSTON 12-Feb-77 2771 Transfer
10-Jun-82 Death

Source: SSP studbook for Asian elephants online


The three year old elephant destined for the Henry Vilas Zoo arrived in Wisconsin via a C-46 Slick airways plane three days following her travel ship's landing in San Francisco, California. The 900 pound creature was named Annie II in remembrance of her predecessor. The children of Madison collected change totaling $3500 to purchase an elephant to replace Annie, the zoo's previous popular animal who died in 1948. However, the replacement also known as Annette, who only spoke Malayan commands upon arrival, only did not survive a year in Sacramento. She was replaced in June 1950, imported into New York by Henry Trefflich. City Parks Manager James G Marshall and Zoo Director Harold Hayes were given first pick from the group of seven elephants imported. Their second replacement was purchased for $4000 with the money collected from the first replacement's life insurance policy. A picture taken on Annie II's arrival at the zoo in November 1948 shows the insurance agent handing over said life insurance policy. The new elephant in 1950 was named Winky in remembrance of former zoo director Fred Winkleman. She was flown to Wisconsin from New York via Northwest Airlines.

On June 28 1966, Winky pulled a three year old child into her enclosure and killed her. She eventually was relocated to the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. A year before here death she broke two bones in the front leg of a young 1600 pound male elephant named Tanga. The Wisconsin zoo replaced her with another elephant, naming her Winkie II after her predecessor.

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