Kashin (elephant)

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Female Indian Elephant - Kashin.JPG
Kashin in October 2007
SpeciesAsian elephant
BornNovember 1968
Died24 August 2009 (aged 40)
Nation from United States
OwnerAuckland Zoo
Named afterASB piggy bank;
"compassionate" in Hindi

Kashin (November 1968 – 24 August 2009) was an Asian elephant who spent most of her life at Auckland Zoo in Auckland, New Zealand. She arrived from Como Zoo in the United States in 1973 and remained at Auckland Zoo until her death.

She was famous for being sponsored by ASB Bank, and featured in the New Zealand produced television programme The Zoo.

She was euthanised on 24 August 2009 due to chronic arthritis and foot abscesses.[1][2]


  1. ^ Tapaleao, Vaimoana (25 August 2009). "Kashin's health issues become too much to bear". The New Zealand Herald.
  2. ^ "Zoo closed as staff grieve for Kashin". The New Zealand Herald. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.