Spike (Ganesha)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Smithsonian National Zoological Park in United States

♂ Spike (Ganesha)
Spike. Calgary Zoo 07/2008. Photo: © Brent Van Hooft
Spike. Calgary Zoo 07/2008. Photo: © Brent Van Hooft

Identification

SSP nr141

Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 40 years old
Body height: 3.51 meter, 11.5 feet
Body weight: 5681.82 kg, 12500.00 lbs
Management:Free contact
Origin
Born:* 1981-07-02 captive-born
Birth place: in Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)

Parents: Dahlip x ♀ Seetna
Offspring
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 2004-11-16
(dead † 2004-12-07)
Keemaya SSP id: 554

2. Born 2007-08-09
(dead † 2008-11-01)
Malti SSP id: 648

3. Born 2012-10-24
(dead † 2012-10-24)
miscarriage (twin) SSP id: 745

4. Born 2012-10-24
(dead † 2012-10-24)
miscarriage (twin) SSP id: 746
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in United States

Date of arrival

2018-03-24Smithsonian National Zoological Park
from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)

2013-09-20Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)
from Calgary Zoo

1992-09-19Calgary Zoo
from Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2009-03-04: Text, Image RE
2009-07-02: Text RE
2012-04-09: Link RE
2014-05-22: location
2018-03-24: transferred to Washington

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Biography

Location


Spike (Ganesha) is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in United States.

Spike (Ganesha) arrived in 2018-03-24 to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, relocated from the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa), in United States.

Spike (Ganesha) lives together with 4 other elephants at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park:
  1. Bozie born 1975
  2. Kamala born 1975-09-00
  3. Maharani (Rani) born 1990-07-14
  4. Swarna born 1975


See also a more detailed list with the elephants arrival dates etc.

Offspring


Total: 4 babies

  1. (F) 2004-11-16 -- † 2004-12-07 Keemaya SSP id: 554
  2. (F) 2007-08-09 -- † 2008-11-01 Malti SSP id: 648
  3. (M) 2012-10-24 -- † 2012-10-24 miscarriage (twin) SSP id: 745
  4. () 2012-10-24 -- † 2012-10-24 miscarriage (twin) SSP id: 746

Origin


Spike (Ganesha) was born captive-born 1981-07-02 at Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo).

Parentage


Parents of Spike (Ganesha) are: ♂ Dahlip (father) and ♀ Seetna (mother).

Siblings through the father Dahlip:

  1. 1977-04-02 -- † 1977-04-19 (F) Rocky
  2. 1985-10-28 -- † 1985-10-30 (F) Pearl
  3. 1996-05-22 -- † 1996-05-22 (M) unborn

Siblings through the mother Seetna:

  1. 1977-04-02 - † 1977-04-19 (F) Rocky
  2. 1985-10-28 - † 1985-10-30 (F) Pearl
  3. 1996-05-22 - † 1996-05-22 (M) unborn

Pedigree


Spike (Ganesha)s ancestral Pedigree:
P I II III

Spike (Ganesha)

Sire (f):
Dahlip

Born: 1966?

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Dame m:
Seetna

Born: 1966-07-10

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Comments / pictures

Spike was born at the Miami Metro Zoo, came to Calgary Zoo in 1992, right after hurricane ''Andrew'' devastated the Zoo there. He now weighs 12,500 lbs...11.5 ft at the shoulder. He is a wonderful big guy to work with...loved to bits by all the guys in the barn. Happy 28th big fella!"
Brent Van Hooft, Elephant Keeper Calgary Zoo, 2009-07-02

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). Spike (Ganesha), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Smithsonian National Zoological Park in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=429. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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