Sunda at Topeka Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Sunda at Topeka Zoo

† Sunda
ID Number:EEP Number: 6216 -    SSP Number: 238 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 56 years old
Dead date: 2018-09-12,
Death reason: euthanised: collapsed
Location:Topeka Zoo
ArrivedTopeka Zoo 1966-07-16
from Catskill Game Farm
Catskill Game Farm 1964-07-01
from Augsburg Zoo
Born:1962 wild
Document updated2009-03-01: Management, Text
2009-09-28: prev locations
2018-03-13: sick
2018-09-12: dead
The Topeka Zoo's two elephants Sunda and Tembo have been in protected contact since 1996. They have been together since Tembo's arrival in 1976. Topeka Zoo is one of the few facilities in North America to still have cohabitating species kept together.

2018-03-13; "Last Monday, Sunda started blowing a discharge from her trunk," said Zoo Director Brendan Wiley. "Sunday morning, the illness took a turn for the worse. She became very lethargic; almost unresponsive. She was very pale. By early afternoon on Sunday, she began to stabilize."

2018-09-12: Monday was the first day she couldn't stand on her own, she couldn’t stand up on her own, the zoo says. The Topeka Fire Department used straps, pulleys, and ropes to lift her to her feet.

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