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

♀ Jenny
Jenny. Dallas Zoo 01/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Jenny. Dallas Zoo 01/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley


SSP nr141


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 48 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1976 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1978
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Dallas Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1986-12-14Dallas Zoo
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

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History of updates2022-06-08

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Jenny is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Dallas Zoo, in United States.

Jenny arrived in 1986-12-14 to the Dallas Zoo, relocated from the Roman Schmitt Busch Garden, in United States.


Jenny lives together with 7 other elephants at the Dallas Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Congo born 1978
  2. Gypsy born 1982
  3. Kamba born 1980
  4. Mlilo born 2004?
  5. Okubili born 2023-02-26
  6. Tendaji born 2004?
  7. Zola born 2004?


Jenny was born wild 1976, captured 1978 .

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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.

"Jenny, the larger of the two, is also more assertive. Gypsy tends to follow her lead. Jenny was born in Africa in 1976 and has been with the Dallas Zoo since 1986. Visit Jenny, Gypsy and other elephants next spring in their new habitat - Giants of the Savanna!" Dallas Zoo Elephant Information Display

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Jenny, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Dallas Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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