Tukta an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Taronga Zoo (Sydney Zoo)

Female ♀ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Tukta at Taronga Zoo (Sydney Zoo)

Photo: © Taronga Conservation Society Australia
☨ Tukta
ID Number:   ASMP Number: 73 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 8 years old
Dead date: 2018-09-03,
Death reason: disease: Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
Location:Taronga Zoo (Sydney Zoo)
ArrivalTaronga Zoo (Sydney Zoo) 2010-11-02
Born:* 2010-11-02 captive-born
in Taronga Zoo (Sydney Zoo)
Birth weight (kgs and pounds): 120.00 kgs, 264.00 lbs
Parents: Gung (Prawn) x Pak Boon
Siblings through the father Gung (Prawn):
  1. 2009-07-04(M) Luk Chai
  2. 2016-11-02(M) Sabai
  3. 2017-05-26(M) Jai Dee
Siblings through the mother Pak Boon:
  1. 2017-05-26(M) Jai Dee
Tuktas pedigree:
P I II III

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Gung (Prawn)

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Pak Boon

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Document updated2010-11-14: picture
2010-11-19: name
2010-12-03: nr
2018-04-21: PC
2018-09-04: death report
Zookeepers noticed eight-year-old Tukta had become lethargic and was not eating on Monday.

The veterinary team was called in and suspected she was suffering a case of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV).

Taronga Zoo said EEHV was present in almost all Asian elephants but it only causes illness when the animals are young.

"Despite the swift action of everyone involved, she tragically lost her fight against the virus later that afternoon," the zoo said in a statement.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Tukta, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Taronga Zoo (Sydney Zoo) in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 September 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=6238. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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