Tatima (Deteema) an African savanna elephant at Lincoln Park Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Tatima (Deteema)  
Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 35 years old
Id numberSSP Number: (74)
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1969
Dead date: 2004-10-15
Death reason: disease: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1981-08-22
(dead † 1981-09-02)
Thor SSP id: 208
Present / last location:Lincoln Park Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival

2003-04-21Lincoln Park Zoo
from San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Document updated2009-01-01: Previous locations, SSP, Birth, Death, Text, Source
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† Tatima (Deteema) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Lincoln Park Zoo, in United States, disease in 2004-10-15, Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)(see detailed list).


  1. (M) 1981-08-22 -- † 1981-09-02 Thor SSP id: 208


Tatima (Deteema) was born wild 1969, captured 1969 .

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Wankie, Tatima and Dunda were imported together from Zimbabe to the San Diego Wild Animal Park in September 1971. In 2003, the Wild Animal Park loaned their older African elephants to other locations for the importation of 11 new elephants captured in Swaziland, in collaboration with Lowry Park Zoo which received 4 of these animals. Peaches, Wankie and Tatima were transported in April 2003 to the Lincoln Park Zoo, while Chico was transported to the Caldwell Zoo in Texas. The three cows died within eight months of each other during their time in Chicago. Preliminary findings indicated Tatima likely experienced complications from mycobacteriosis, or tuberculosis, which likely affected her joints and internal organs, according to the zoo. "Tatima could have been exposed to tuberculosis up to 30 years ago, zoo officials said. However, she showed no signs of the disease, such as lethargy or nasal discharge, and tested negative in June."

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Tatima (Deteema), an African savanna at Lincoln Park Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=425. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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