Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of 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 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 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 =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl

Rani at St Louis Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant Rani at St Louis Zoo

ID Number:   SSP Number: 386 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 24 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:St Louis Zoo
ArrivalSt Louis Zoo 2001-07-15
from Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Born:1996-07-05 captive-born in
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Parents: Indy (Butch) x Ellie
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 2007-02-25 Jade, SSP nr: 646
  2. (F) 2011-06-24 -- † 2018-02-24 Kenzi, SSP nr: 737
  3. (M) 2020-07-06 -- † 2020-08-02 notnamed, SSP nr: 00
Siblings through the father Indy (Butch):
  1. 1990-05-12 -- † 1990-05-12 (M) stillborn
  2. 1991-07-10(M) Emmett (Tundi)
  3. 1993-12-14 -- † 1995-04-26 (F) Kumari
  4. 1995-06-20(F) Kirina
  5. 1997-02-28(F) Mali
  6. 2000-02-10 -- † 2003-04-12 (F) Preya
  7. 2001-05-06 -- † 2001-05-06 (F) stillborn
  8. 2005-07-31 -- † 2005-08-04 (M) Kedar
  9. 2006-06-08 -- † 2006-06-08 (F) stillborn
Siblings through the mother Ellie:
  1. 2006-08-02(F) Maliha
  2. 2010-07-08 -- † 2010-07-08 (F) miscarriage
  3. 2013-04-26(F) Priya
Ranis pedigree:


Indy (Butch)



Document updated2010-01-26: Pregnant, Text RE

2011-07-08: Birth of calf RE
2018-11-05: link to EleWiki submitted
2020-06-17: Rani pregnant for the third time
2020-07-08: mother again, not pregnant
In February 2007, eleven year old Rani gave birth to her first calf, Jade. A first time mother, she did not accept the newborn, leading to the the calf being handraised by staff.

In January 2010, the St. Louis Zoo announced that Rani was pregant for a second time, bred naturally by the zoo's breeding bull Raja. She gave birth to the calf in summer 2011 and displayed protect mother instincts.

Article at ShowMe Elephants: "St. Louis Zoo - Kenzi"

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