Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
San Francisco Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ May  dead elephant


SSP nr434


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Born:* 1928 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1980-12-30
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:San Francisco Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1930-08-23San Francisco Zoo
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† May is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1980-12-30 at San Francisco Zoo, in United States, .


May was born wild 1928.

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Born in East Sri Lanka, May lived her entire life at the San Francisco Zoo until her death in 1980 at 52 years old.

In 1975, May was anesthetized by a Group of 12 veterinarians and treated for foot rot. She was then fitted with cowhide moccasins, laced together with steel cable with a three-layer nonskid rubber sole and lined with sterilized cotton soaked in an antiseptic solution. Each 13-pound shoe cost the country $400 altogether.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). May, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at San Francisco Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 14 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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