Joni (Joy)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Greenville Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Joni (Joy)  dead elephant

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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 44 years old
Born:* 1970 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1972
Dead: 2014-06-15
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Greenville Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1999-03-01Greenville Zoo
from Riverbanks Zoological Park

1997-06-26Riverbanks Zoological Park
from Greenville Zoo

1977-01-10Greenville Zoo
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Record history
History of updates2014-03-05

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Joni (Joy) is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2014-06-15 at Greenville Zoo, in United States, .


Joni (Joy) was born wild 1970, captured 1972 .

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For the majority of her life, Joni was kept as a single elephant. She spent nearly two years on a loan to the Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina until returning to her original location. Six months later the first attempt to provide a companion animal was made when Brittanie was purchased from the Carson & Barnes Circus. After behavioral issues between the two failed to resolve, Brittanie was transferred to the Milwaukee Zoo. In 2006, the zoo tried again to acquire another elephant and Ladybird was transferred from the Lion Country Safari in Florida.
2014-06-16: oni (Joy), a beloved 44-year-old African elephant at the Greenville Zoo, died while en route to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo which was to have been her new home, zoo officials said Sunday. She was being transported because both zoos believed she would receive better geriatric care and have more opportunities for socialization at her new home in Colorado Springs.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Joni (Joy), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Greenville Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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