Maja an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Kharkiv Zoo (Kharkov Zoo)

☨ Maja
Alternative name:Maya
ID nr:EEP Number: 3402 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 31 years old
Status:foot problems
Dead date: 1965-09-13
Death reason: unknown: Leg problems
Location:Kharkiv Zoo (Kharkov Zoo)
ArrivalKharkiv Zoo (Kharkov Zoo) 1953-01-01
from Unknown
Unknown 1947-04-24
from Leipzig Zoo
Born:* 1934-05-01 captive-born
in Leipzig Zoo
Parents: Jacky x Benga
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1958-06-06 -- † 1963-04-07 Charkowtschanka, EEP nr: 5802
Siblings through the father Jacky:
  1. 1932-01-29 -- † 1986-00-00 (F) Minyak (Minjak)
  2. 1936-08-08 -- † 1953-07-31 (M) August
Siblings through the mother Benga:
  1. 1925-03-00 -- † 1941-10-04 (F) Nelly II (Baby)
Majas pedigree:
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Document updated2020-10-17: removed Kiev Zoo as prev location, not confirmed by any document she was ever in Kiev Zoo.
Contradictory records:

EEG death record
EEG state death year 1966


Records about Maja from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Maja:

3402 F 1 May 1934 JACKY BENGA LEIPZIG 1 May 1934 NONE Birth Maja
KYIV ZOO 1 Apr 1947 NONE Transfer
KHAR KOV 1 Jan 1953 NONE Transfer
13 Sep 1965 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online


Statement from Kiev Zoo
Kirill Trantin, director in Kiev Zoo, writes: "Oleg Hryshchenko, Head of elephants department in Kharkiv Zoo, following our request had conducted re-investigation of East Ukrainian Zoo documents and confirmed Maya arrival from Kiev [17], but there is no information about the previous history of her life and possible stay in Kyiv Zoo. It is therefore possible that period between 1947 and 1953 years she spent not in Ukrainian capital zoo but in a circus or in one of mobile zoos or menagerie that traveled through the Soviet Union.
Thus, these six years of Maya life remain unknown, at least for now."


Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Maja, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Kharkiv Zoo (Kharkov Zoo) in Ukraine. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=588. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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