Elephant Arrives at NZP as Sri Lankan Gift

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"Jayathu," an eighteen-month old Asiatic elephant, the gift of J. R. Jayawardene of Sri Lanka to President Ronald Reagan, arrives at the National Zoo. The elephant dies on August 30, 1984, apparently from an allergic reaction to her infant formula.


  • Jayawardene, J. R
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • United States President
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1984. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 418.

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June 12, 1984


  • Animals
  • Gifts
  • Elephants


Sri Lanka

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