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Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) in Czech Republic

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tonya  dead elephant
Photo © Linda van der Galiën
Photo © Linda van der Galiën


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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 4 years old
Born:* 2009-02-10 captive-born
Birth place: in Rotterdam Zoo

Parents: Alexander x ♀ Douanita
Dead: 2013-12-17
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), in Czech Republic

Date of arrival

2012-05-08Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
from Rotterdam Zoo

Record history
History of updates2012-05-20: Transfer, Text RE
2013-12-17: dead
2014-03-23: not herpes, text

Latest document update2021-12-22 09:22:42
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† Tonya is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2013-12-17 at Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), in Czech Republic, .


Tonya was born captive-born 2009-02-10 at Rotterdam Zoo.


Parents of Tonya are: ♂ Alexander (father) and ♀ Douanita (mother).

Siblings through the father Alexander:

  1. 1994-12-11(F) Piccolo (Piccolina)
  2. 1999-01-11 -- † 1999-01-12 (M) Willi
  3. 2000-11-28(F) Bangka
  4. 2002-01-20 -- † 2002-12-20 (M) Senang
  5. 2003-05-13(F) Trong Nhi
  6. 2003-07-26(F) Anak
  7. 2004-02-21(M) Sibu
  8. 2005-08-02(F) Yindee
  9. 2007-05-07(F) Asha
  10. 2007-12-28 -- † 2007-12-28 (F) unborn
  11. 2008-02-17(M) Billy (Budi)
  12. 2009-02-11 -- † 2009-02-11 (F) stillborn
  13. 2009-05-17(F) Kai Mook (Kai-Mook)
  14. 2009-11-10(F) Kina
  15. 2012-11-01(M) Kyan
  16. 2015-01-07 -- † 2015-01-07 () stillborn

Siblings through the mother Douanita:

  1. 2000-01-26 - † 2000-01-26 (M) noname
  2. 2003-05-13(F) Trong Nhi
  3. 2013-02-11(F) Sita
  4. 2017-07-04(M) Minh-Tan
  5. 2020-12-21(M) Yaro


Tonyas ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):

Born: 1978

Sire ff:

Born: 1960
Sire fff:
Dame ffm:
Dame fm:

Born: 1958
Sire fmf:
Dame fmm:

Dame m:

Born: 1987

Sire mf:

Sire mff:
Dame mfm:
Dame mm:

Sire mmf:
Dame mmm:

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Named Tonya, after Ton Dorresteyn, who left as Director for Rotterdam Zoo in February 2009.

2012-05: Pregnant Douanita and her youngest daughter Tanya were transferred together from the Netherlands to the Czech Republic in May 2012 due to compatibility issues between Douanita and other Rotterdam females.

2013-12: Tonya died with EEHV specific symptoms. Tonya originates from the Rotterdam Herd and already lost two brothers on EEHV (Willi and Senang); all offspring of Alexander.

2014-3-23: Tonya did not die from herpes virus. Virus was non-detectable by PCR. Pathologists are still researching her tissues.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Tonya, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) in Czech Republic. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 4 June 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4650. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Rob Belterman, Netherlands
  • Jaroslav Vanecek, Elephant Gossip

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