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

Targa at Syracuse Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo)

ID Number:   SSP Number: 258 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Syracuse Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo)
ArrivalSyracuse Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) 2011-11-09
from African Lion Safari
African Lion Safari 2006-05-09
from Syracuse Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo)
Syracuse Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) 1990-08-11
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Born:1983-11-23 captive-born in
Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Parents: Vance (Matt) x Birka
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1997-02-28 Mali, SSP nr: 424
  2. (F) 2001-05-06 -- † 2001-05-06 stillborn, SSP nr: 536
  3. (M) 2005-07-31 -- † 2005-08-04 Kedar, SSP nr: 635
Siblings through the father Vance (Matt):
  1. 1983-09-09(M) Roman
  2. 1984-02-02(M) Smokey (Rhani, Ronnie)
  3. 1985-11-24(M) Luke (Sabu)
  4. 1987-01-22(M) Bo (Joe, Kalanan)
  5. 1987-04-02 -- † 2006 (M) Ceasar
  6. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  7. 1988-01-16(M) Hank
  8. 1988-12-30(F) Angel (Alice)
  9. 1989-07-21 -- † 1989-07-21 (M) stillborn
  10. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
  11. 1990-04-13(F) Karnaudi
  12. 1991-01-06 -- † 1999-04-21 (F) Belle
  13. 1991-12-19 -- † 2016-12-26 (M) Benny (Dumbo)
  14. 1992-04-04(F) Tanya
  15. 1992-04-17 -- † 2006-01--31 (F) Maya (Sammi, Sami, Samuel R II)
  16. 1992-05-25(M) Tommy (Mickey)
  17. 1992-10-17 -- † 1992-10-17 (F) stillborn
  18. 1994-08-19 -- † 1998 (M) Kenny (Kenneth)
  19. 1994-10-29(F) Bonnie
  20. 1995-02-03 -- † 1999-07-26 (M) Benjamin
  21. 1995-02-19(F) Shirley
  22. 1996-01-01(F) Kelly Ann
Siblings through the mother Birka:
  1. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
  2. 1992-05-25(M) Tommy (Mickey)
Targas pedigree:


Vance (Matt)



Document updated2009-11-25: Previous locations, SSP
2011-11-10: transfered

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