Captive Breeding Record
The Oregon Zoo often touts its success breeding captive elephants, but a careful look at the program reveals a less-than-successful effort.
No elephant births in 12 years.
Out of 26 captive births, 15 are dead. (2 of 9 surviving calves are in the Ringling Brothers circus).
The whereabouts of 2 calves is unknown.
Of the four breeding bulls, three are dead. Only Packy is still alive. Thonglaw and Hugo died prematurely at the Zoo and Tunga died prematurely at the Hawthorne Corporation, a circus training company that was forced to give up its elephants by US Department of Agriculture due to mistreatment.
Of the eight females who gave birth, half are dead. Pet, Hanako, Rose-Tu and Hanako are still alive. Pet and Rose-Tu remain at Oregon Zoo, Hanako is held at Pt. Defiance Zoo and Effie at Busch Gardens. Those who died are Rosy (43), Belle (45), Tuy Hoa (29), Me-Tuy (34).
Captive Born Elephants Sitll Living (9)
|Packy||b. 1962||Oregon Zoo|
|Hanako||b. 1963||Point Defiance Zoo|
|Cora||b. 1965||Ringling Bros. Circus|
|Khun Chom||b. 1978||Dickerson Park Zoo|
|Sabu||b. 1982||Ringling Bros. Circus|
|Sung Surin||b. 1982||Oregon Zoo|
|Rama||b. 1983||Oregon Zoo|
|Prince||b. 1987||Ringling Bros. Circus|
|Rose Tu||b. 1994||Oregon Zoo|
Dead (Survived past infancy) (8)
|Me Tu||b. 1962/d. 1996||Age 34||Oregon Zoo|
|Dino||b. 1963/d. 1977||Age 14||Spokane|
|Teak||b. 1966/d. 1978||Age 12||Berry M. (private)|
|Tina||b. 1970/d. 2004||Age 34||The Elephant Sanctuary (sent by Vancouver Zoo; already suffering from terrible foot problems)|
|McClane||b. 1972/d.1983||Age 11||Circus Vargas|
|Stoney||b. 1972/d.1983||Age 22||Bartow|
|Emma||b. 1973/d. 1986||Age 13||Busch Tampa|
|Thongtrii||b. 1979/d. 1993||Age 14||Fresno (zoo)|
DEAD: (Calves that did not survive more than 2 months) (7)
|Droopy||b. 9/29/68, d. 10/4/68||Oregon Zoo|
|Unnamed||b. 3/25/70, d. 3/25/70||Oregon Zoo|
|Unnamed||b. 8/4/73, d. 8/7/73||Oregon Zoo|
|Unnamed||b. 2/7/76, d. 3/5/76||Oregon Zoo|
|Sumek||b. 3/15/78, d. 4/29/78||Oregon Zoo|
|Unnamed||b. 10/6/91, d. 10/7/91||Oregon Zoo|
|Unnamed||b. 8/31/94, d. 8/31/94||Oregon Zoo|