Grant’s Farm’s 4th and last remaining African elephant, Max, dies | St. Louis Public Radio

Grant’s Farm’s 4th and last remaining African elephant, Max, dies

Dec 14, 2018

The last remaining elephant at Grant’s Farm has died this week, following the deaths of two others this month.

Max, a 14-year-old African elephant, died on Wednesday night. Two elephants, Toby and Mickey died earlier this month. Grant’s Farm did not release a cause of death for them, but Mickey had lived with a brain tumor. Another elephant, Bud, died in March due to pneumonia. 

Max, a 14-year-old African elephant, died at at Grant's Farm.
Credit Grant's Farm

Grant’s Farm did not release a cause of death for Max. 

“While his regular tests in recent months did not show any signs of concern, we know that as a herd animal, he was greatly impacted by the recent deaths of Toby and Mickey,” Grant’s Farm officials said in a statement.

The other three elephants died in their 30s. The expected lifespan for elephants raised in captivity is about 17 years.

Max had been living at Grant’s Farm since 2013 and came from an elephant sanctuary in Arkansas. Farm officials did not respond to requests for comment.

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