Posted In Animals | 7th July 2024

Zinda, Asian elephant, dies as a result of EEHV at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is heartbroken to announce the passing of Zinda, our beloved 7-year-old elephant, on 7th July, due to Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV). This devastating loss follows the recent death of Avani on July 1st, 2024, from the same virus.

Despite receiving round the clock care from our dedicated veterinary team and international experts, Zinda’s condition deteriorated. EEHV is an unpredictable and fatal virus affecting young elephants both in the wild and under human care. EEHV poses no health risk to humans.

In an unprecedented effort to save Zinda, both the Irish and UK governments facilitated the urgent importation of vital blood products and other essential supplies from Chester Zoo to provide the antibodies and help fight the infection. We fervently hoped this would have helped save Zinda’s life. We are profoundly grateful to Chester Zoo for their unwavering support during this critical time. A special thank you also goes to An Garda Síochána, who escorted the blood products from Dublin Port to the zoo.

Currently, the other elephants in our herd are not showing signs of EEHV, but we are closely monitoring their health. Our EEHV response plan remains in place to protect the remaining members of our herd. The support and advice from the international veterinary and elephant communities has been extraordinary. The quick progression of the virus in Zinda underscores the challenges of managing this disease, even with the highest standards of care and vigilance.

Global efforts are ongoing to develop an EEHV vaccine. Zoos and wildlife researchers worldwide are working tirelessly to find a solution to safeguard the future of the elephant population.

Our commitment to the well-being of our elephants remains steadfast, and we will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure their safety. We deeply appreciate the messages of support we have received from the public during this incredibly challenging time.