Chai, an Asian elephant, has died at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The adult Asian elephant was found this morning in her enclosure. According to a Saturday, January 30 report by KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City, the Asian elephant was only 37 years old.
Zookeepers found Chai dead around 7:30 a.m. This was before the Oklahoma City Zoo opened to the public. Despite the death of the elephant, the elephant exhibit remains open to zoo visitors. However, the elephant presentations scheduled for this week-end have been canceled.
Chai moved to the Oklahoma City from the Woodland Park Zoo. That zoo is in Seattle, Washington. Another female Asian elephant was also transferred from the Woodland Park Zoo. That elephant appears to be healthy at this time. The Oklahoma City Zoo did not comment on the health of the other elephants currently in their care.
According to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Chai appeared to be healthy. She had received regular veterinary check-ups and had been observed by the zookeepers. The cause of her death is currently unknown. A necropsy will be performed in hopes of learning the cause of Chai’s death. It is unknown when the zoo’s veterinary staff will perform that necropsy.