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Tange was born in the wilds of Africa in 1973. She was orphaned as a result of a culling of all the adults in her family herd. Tange was captured and brought to the United States along with another orphaned calf named Zula, and sold to the Chehaw Wild Animal Park in Albany, Georgia in 1978. 

Upon their arrival, Tange and Zula were housed with the zoo’s sole elephant, Dottie (also known as Champagne), a female Asian Elephant. Dottie was sold in 1985 to a circus elephant trainer. At the zoo, Tange gained a reputation as a difficult elephant. She was not aggressive, but she was what is often referred to as "a runner." Whenever things got stressful, Tange attempted to run away.

In July of 1994, the 500-year flood swept through the city of Albany, and Chehaw Wild Animal Park was literally under water. Thanks to the dedication of their staff, Tange and Zula survived. In 2002, Chehaw hired a new zoo director who sought to retire Tange and Zula to The Elephant Sanctuary. After many months of researching other facilities, the zoo director was given official clearance by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), to send Tange and Zula to The Elephant Sanctuary. 

In 2003, The Elephant Sanctuary expanded and the Africa Habitat and Barn were constructed. On February 19, 2004, Tange became the 10th resident and first African Elephant to retire to The Sanctuary. The moment Tange exited the trailer, her lifelong friend Zula was right behind her. They were also The Sanctuary’s first elephants to be retired and transported as a pair. That trip was the first of many adventures Tange and Zula would share in their new home. One month later, they received a surprise they had not seen in decades: another African Elephant, Flora.

After the death of Zula in 2009, Tange and Flora grew increasingly closer. With the addition of Hadari in September 2015, and Sukari and Rosie in November 2015, all five Africans have been getting to know one another. Tange is considered the "social butterfly" of the Africa Barn. During Introductions with Rosie, Sukari, and Hadari, Tange has taken a leadership role. This surprised Caregivers somewhat because Flora has always taken the leadership role in her long-standing relationship with Tange.

Tange is often seen carrying hay with one of her tusks.






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February 19, 2004


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