Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Raja at St Louis Zoo

Male ♂ Asian elephant Raja at St Louis Zoo

Raja. St Louis Zoo 05/2008. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Raja
ID Number:   SSP Number: 339 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 28 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:St Louis Zoo
ArrivalSt Louis Zoo 1992-12-27
Born:1992-12-27 captive-born in
St Louis Zoo
Parents: Onyx (Big Mac) x Pearl
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 7 babies

  1. (F) 2005-11-19 -- † 2005-11-19 stillborn fetus still in utero, SSP nr: 636
  2. (F) 2006-08-02 Maliha, SSP nr: 642
  3. (F) 2007-02-25 Jade, SSP nr: 646
  4. (F) 2010-07-08 -- † 2010-07-08 miscarriage, SSP nr: 707
  5. (F) 2011-06-24 -- † 2018-02-24 Kenzi, SSP nr: 737
  6. (F) 2013-04-26 Priya, SSP nr: 749
  7. (M) 2020-07-06 -- † 2020-08-02 notnamed, SSP nr: 00
Siblings through the father Onyx (Big Mac):
  1. 1985-06-12 -- † 1985-06-12 (F) noname
  2. 1990-10-11(F) Shanti
  3. 1991-07-26 -- † 1993-02-28 (F) Maiya (Kate)
  4. 1992-09-07 -- † 1992-09-07 (M) stillborn
  5. 1995-02-02(F) Asha
  6. 1996-07-02(F) Chandra
  7. 1997-09-06 -- † 1997-09-06 (M) stillborn
  8. 1998-05-17 -- † 2000-11-29 (M) Kala
  9. 1999-11-28 -- † 2002-06-07 (M) Haji
  10. 2000-04-12 -- † 2000-04-12 (M) Pete
  11. 2000-11-03 -- † 2007-06-08 (F) Hansa
Rajas pedigree:
P I II III

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Onyx (Big Mac)

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Document updated2008-12-18: Management RE

2009-03-02: Text, Image RE

2009-12-26: Text RE

2011-09-13: Link RE
2018-04-24: link to EleWiki submitted
Article and Image: "St. Louis Zoo - Kinzi" at ShowMe Elephants, 07/08/2011
Article and Image: "The Father's Photographs - St. Louis Zoo" at ShowMe Elephants, 09/13/2011

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