Sabu (Look Chai)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
PAWS ARK 2000 in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Sabu (Look Chai)  dead elephant


SSP nr69


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 30 years old
Born:* 1982-10-01 captive-born
Birth place: in Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)

Parents: Tunga (Tonga) x ♀ Hanako
Dead: 2012-01-11
Death reason: euthanised: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and severe arthritis?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:PAWS ARK 2000, in United States

Date of arrival

2010-10-00PAWS ARK 2000
from Two Tails Ranch

Two Tails Ranch
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

1984-08-11Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
from Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2024-04-11:

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† Sabu (Look Chai) is a dead castrated Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2012-01-11 at PAWS ARK 2000, in United States, . Official death reason described as Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and severe arthritis?.


Sabu (Look Chai) was born captive-born 1982-10-01 at Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo).


Parents of Sabu (Look Chai) are: ♂ Tunga (Tonga) (father) and ♀ Hanako (mother).

Siblings through the father Tunga (Tonga):

  1. 1993-12-07 -- † 1993-12-15 (M) Bernie
  2. 1993-12-15(M) Nicholas (Nickolaus)

Siblings through the mother Hanako:

  1. 1973-08-04 - † 1973-08-07 (M) noname
  2. 1976-02-17 - † 1976-03-05 (F) noname
  3. 1978-03-15 - † 1978-04-29 (F) Sumek (Myow)


Sabu (Look Chai)s ancestral Pedigree:

Sabu (Look Chai)

Sire (f):
Tunga (Tonga)

Born: 1964

Sire ff:

Sire fff:
Dame ffm:
Dame fm:

Sire fmf:
Dame fmm:

Dame m:

Born: 1963-09-24

Sire mf:

Born: 1947-00-00
Sire mff:
Dame mfm:
Dame mm:
Tuy Hoa

Born: 1955
Sire mmf:
Dame mmm:

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2000: Sabu tested positive for TB (Tuberculosis) .

2012-01-11: collapsed in his sleeping stall early Wednesday at ARK 2000 in San Andreas.

Society officials said that Sabu died about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in the presence of keepers and veterinary staff. They said a Necropsy performed by pathologists from University of California, Davis, found that Sabu died of "severe Arthritis in multiple joints."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also found that two other elephants that died at PAWS within the past two years also tested positive for TB, according to Necropsy reports. PAWS says the cause of death in both cases was not TB, but Arthritis. Tornto Star, September 24, 2012

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sabu (Look Chai),
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at PAWS ARK 2000 in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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