African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Dallas Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Keke  dead elephant


SSP nr70


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Born:* 1968 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1970
Dead: 2008-05-11
Death reason: euthanised: congestive heart failure
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Dallas Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2003-09-26Dallas Zoo
from Caldwell Zoo

2000-11-14Caldwell Zoo
from Lincoln Park Zoo

1997-09-25Lincoln Park Zoo
from Baton Rouge Zoo

1979-10-18Baton Rouge Zoo
from Lincoln Park Zoo

1971-08-11Lincoln Park Zoo
from Frank Thompson (Bradenton)

1970-09-16Frank Thompson (Bradenton) 1970-09-16
from Lincoln Park Zoo

1970-06-06Lincoln Park Zoo
from Frank Thompson (Bradenton)

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History of updates2022-06-08

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Keke is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2008-05-11 at Dallas Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as congestive heart failure.


Keke was born wild 1968, captured 1970 .

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In November 2000, Binti and Keke left the Lincoln Park Zoo together after three years, headed for the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. They spent another three years together until Keke was transferred to the Dallas Zoo as a companion for their lone elephant, Jenny.

Jenny has been at the center of an animal rights fight with the zoo after the death of her exhibit mate Keke in May 2008. After nearly two weeks of treating 39 year old Keke for a severe case of intestinal colic, the older of the Dallas Zoo's two elephants passed away. The zoo made plans to send their single elephant to the AZA-accredited Africam Safari in Mexico but officials withdrew the offer. City of Dallas officials determined the new Savanna project could be completed in a timeline of under two years rather than 4-5 years as previously projected and the Zoo learned the export permit application review process could take 6 months or more. Purchased as a companion animal for the single Jenny and the first of several new elephants to reside in a new facility, the Dallas Zoo received Gypsy from private owner Chris Hamblen in March 2009. During the introduction period between the two elephants, Gypsy also made the transition from free to protected contact as per the philosophy of the Dallas Zoo.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Keke, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Dallas Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 14 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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