Chandra an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Oklahoma City Zoo

Chandra
ID nr:   SSP Number: 385 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 24 years old
Body weight: 3318.18 kg, 7300.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Location:Oklahoma City Zoo
ArrivalOklahoma City Zoo 2010-10-18
from Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum 2008-06-12
from Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo 1998-12-01
from Dickerson Park Zoo
Born:* 1996-07-02 captive-born
in Dickerson Park Zoo
Parents: Onyx (Big Mac) x Moola
Siblings through the father Onyx (Big Mac):
  1. 1985-06-12 -- † 1985-06-12 (F) noname
  2. 1990-10-11(F) Shanti
  3. 1991-07-26 -- † 1993-02-28 (F) Maiya (Kate)
  4. 1992-09-07 -- † 1992-09-07 (M) stillborn
  5. 1992-12-27(M) Raja
  6. 1995-02-02(F) Asha
  7. 1997-09-06 -- † 1997-09-06 (M) stillborn
  8. 1998-05-17 -- † 2000-11-29 (M) Kala
  9. 1999-11-28 -- † 2002-06-07 (M) Haji
  10. 2000-04-12 -- † 2000-04-12 (M) Pete
  11. 2000-11-03 -- † 2007-06-08 (F) Hansa
Siblings through the mother Moola:
  1. 1999-11-28 -- † 2002-06-07 (M) Haji
  2. 2006-07-18 -- † 2007-12-01 (F) Nisha
Chandras pedigree:
P I II III

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Onyx (Big Mac)

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Moola

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Document updated2009-02-28: herpes virus survivior
2009-12-12: Text
2010-10-18: transfered back to Okl.
2010-11-23: weight
2011-03-08: Text RE
In December 1998, half sisters Asha and Chandra were sold to the Oklahoma City Zoo. At their new home, they were both transitioned from Free to Protected Contact. In the summer of 2008, both cows were transferred across the state to the Tulsa Zoo on a breeding loan, slated to return by the end of 2010 upon the completion of a new Asia exhibit.

The new Asia exhibit was designed as an 11 acre, $23 million dollar project due to open in 2011. The elephant exhibit will be designed as though entering Thailand and giving the elephants up to six acres of grassland, as opposed to the previous quarter acre of concrete.

A year after arriving, Asha and Chandra were introduced together to Sneezy in the summer of 2009. After behavioral changes and high hormone levels in bloodwork, Asha was confirmed pregnant when a heartbeat was detected during an ultrasound in October. It was announced to the public in December.

In 1997, Chandra became the first survivor of the Elephant Endotheliotropic HerpesVirus, treated by the human drug Faciclovir.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Chandra, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Oklahoma City Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3260. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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