Martika (Tika, Kiah)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States

♀ Martika (Tika, Kiah)
Martika. Columbus Zoo 08/2009. Photo: © Ben Whitebread
Martika. Columbus Zoo 08/2009. Photo: © Ben Whitebread


SSP nr231


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 43 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1981 wild
Birth place:
Imported:1984 by Jumbolair (Arthur Jones)
Freight:Air, private Boeing 707
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2010-12-01Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

2008-09-02Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

1997-06-03Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
from Erie Zoo ( Glenwood Park Zoo )

1991-04-08Erie Zoo ( Glenwood Park Zoo )
from Allen Campbell

1991-04-04Allen Campbell
from Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)

1990-06-04Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo) 1990-06-04
from Allen Campbell

1984-00-00Allen Campbell
from Jumbolair (Arthur Jones)

Record history
History of updates2009-10-09

Latest document update2021-09-18 07:03:02
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Martika (Tika, Kiah) is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in United States.

Martika (Tika, Kiah) arrived in 2010-12-01 to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, relocated from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in United States.


Martika (Tika, Kiah) lives together with 3 other elephants at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Kallie (June) born 1982
  2. Moshi born 1976
  3. Shenga (Split nose) born 1982


Martika (Tika, Kiah) was born wild 1981. and imported 1984 by Jumbolair (Arthur Jones), Air, private Boeing 707

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The Cleveland Zoo acquired their three female African elephants in June 1997. Martika was kept as a single elephant for six years until her transfer, thereby closing the elephant exhibit at the Erie Zoo. At the Erie Zoo, Martika's public name was Kiah. Jo and Moshi resided together at the Wildlife Safari for thirteen years. Moshi first arrived following her importation with another cow, Nanda, in May 1979 and Jo from a circus in July 1984. Nanda was sold to the Swain family in April 1989.

In September 2008, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo transferred their three animals to the Columbus Zoo during construction of the new African Elephant Crossing habitat. The anticipated three year loan began as Jo and Martika were transported via trailer in the morning, followed by Moshi that evening. They joined four Asian elephants already housed in Columbus, but the two herds were kept separate. The three Africans returned to Cleveland in December 2010.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Martika (Tika, Kiah), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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