Tonga (Rambo)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Vienna Zoo in Austria

♀ Tonga (Rambo)
Tonga with Dan Koehl in winter snow 1998. Photo: © <a href=Jutta Kirchner' >
Tonga with Dan Koehl in winter snow 1998. Jutta Kirchner


EEP nr8604


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1985 wild
Birth place: in Kruger National Park
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 2003-05-25 Mongu EEP id: 20022

2. Born 2013-09-04 Iqhwa EEP id: 201304?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Vienna Zoo, in Austria

Date of arrival

1998-08-18Vienna Zoo
from Bussolengo Safari Park (Garda Zoological Park)

1988-06-10Bussolengo Safari Park (Garda Zoological Park)
from Firma Ruhe

Firma Ruhe
from Kruger National Park

Record history
History of updates2009-10-23: prev location
2012-08-25: pregnant
2013-11-03: not pregnant
2017-03-08: link to Elefanten-Fotolexikon (Petra Prager) submitted
2017-03-08: link to ele-wiki submitted

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Tonga (Rambo) is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Vienna Zoo, in Austria.

Tonga (Rambo) arrived in 1998-08-18 to the Vienna Zoo, relocated from the Bussolengo Safari Park (Garda Zoological Park), in Italy.

Tonga (Rambo) lives together with 3 other elephants at the Vienna Zoo:
  1. Iqhwa born 2013-09-04
  2. Mongu born 2003-05-25
  3. Numbi born 1992

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


  1. (F) 2003-05-25 Mongu EEP id: 20022
  2. (F) 2013-09-04 Iqhwa EEP id: 201304?


Tonga (Rambo) was born wild 1985 at Kruger National Park.

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Tonga was not totally off-hand in Bussolengo, but not really trained. The headkeeper Gian Carlo, managed her in a friendly, not dominant way, and she had a nice relation with him and other keepers in Bussolengo.

When she grew older, she started to destroy her stable, and since she was Bussolengos last and only elephant, it was decided to sell her to Sch�nbrunn in Vienna. She was transfered to free contact training by Dan Koehl during a hot summer in 1998. Already after two weeks she could be ridden.

In November 2011 Tonga was inseminated with semen from a wild elephant bull in Africa.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Tonga (Rambo), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Vienna Zoo in Austria. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 March 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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