Wankie (Wanki) an African savanna elephant at Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo)

 ☨ ♀ Wankie (Wanki)  
Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 36 years old
Id numberSSP Number: (73)
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1969
Dead date: 2005-05-01
Death reason: euthanised: because of prolonged recumbency. Autopsy showed mycobacteriosis caused by Mycobacterium szulgai
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1982-05-24 Moja SSP id: 215
Present / last location:Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo), in United States

Date of Arrival
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2005-05-01Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo)
from Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo 2003-04-14
from San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Document updated2009-01-01: Previous locations, Name, SSP, Birth, Death, Text, Source
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† Wankie (Wanki) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo), in United States, of euthanised in 2005-05-01. Official death reason described as because of prolonged recumbency. Autopsy showed mycobacteriosis caused by Mycobacterium szulgai. (see detailed list).


  1. (F) 1982-05-24 Moja SSP id: 215


Wankie (Wanki) 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. Wankie collapsed in Nebraska during her transport from Chicago to the Hogle Zoo, prompting her euthanization upon arrival. The autopsy revealed she was suffering from lung lesions, reducing her lung capacity by 30%.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Wankie (Wanki), an African savanna at Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 February 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=427. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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