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Credit: SeaWorld

Takara is a 26 year old female orca who lives at SeaWorld San Antonio. She was born at SeaWorld San Diego on July 9, 1991. Her mother is Kasatka and her father is Kotar.

Takara grew up in California living with her mother for the first 13 years of her life. Takara and her mom had a very close bond and spent a lot of time together. In 2001, Kasatka gave birth to her second calf. In doing so, she taught Takara how to take care of her future calves. On May 3, 2002, Takara gave birth to her first calf, a daughter named Kohana. Takara conceived Kohana through artificial insemination with Tilikum, who lived in Florida. This pregnancy was one of four featuring orcas on the Animal Planet show That's My Baby. Takara and Kohana stayed in California for the next 2 years, and in 2004, moved to Florida.

Sex-Female

Age-26

Birthday-7/9/91

Birth Place-SeaWorld San Diego

Type of Birth-Tail First

Time of Birth-12:00 (PDT)

Family

Parents

Calves

Grandchildren

Half Sister

  • Kalia (2004)

Half Brothers

  • Keet (1993), Keto (1995), Nakai (2001), Makani (2013)

Nieces

  • Kalia, Halyn*, Victoria*, Amaya

Nephew

  • Adan

Origin of Takara

  • Japanese for "Jewel" and "Treasure"
  • Pronunciation-tah KAR ah

Nicknames

  • Tiki
  • Baby

Weights

  • 4,640 lbs (February 2009)
  • 5,080 lbs (January 2010)
  • 4,700 lbs (June 2012)

Lengths

  • 17 ft (February 2009)

Breed

  • 100% Icelandic




Takara and Kohana got along well in Florida, often spending a lot of time with the other adult females and their calves. A male named Taku also showed his interest in Takara and she soon became pregnant with his first calf. She gave birth to a male calf named Trua on November 23, 2005. In February 2006, Kohana was transfered to Loro Parque, leaving her with newborn Trua. Takara became a grandmother in October 2010 when Kohana gave birth to her first calf, Adán.

In 2008, Takara and Trua were introduced to Tilikum and they all got along very well. Takara became pregnant with her third calf soon after. Takara did very well with Trua, but as he grew older, she started to become more dominant towards him. Takara was moved to Texas in February 2009, while Trua stayed in Florida.

On January 7, 2010, Takara gave birth to her third calf, a female named Sakari. She and her daughter are doing very well. They used to spend a lot of time with another female named Unna. Kyuquot has also shown his interest in Takara.

Takara gave birth to her fourth calf, another female, on December 6, 2013 at 12:08 am. The calf was later named Kamea. She was Takara's second calf born as a result of artificial insemination.

She gave birth to her fifth calf on April 19, 2017. The calf is a female named Kyara and her father is Kyuquot. Kyara passed away on July 24, 2017 from an infection, thought to be pnemonia.

Takara is a very sweet orca. She was very good at waterworks and did them until they were stopped in 2010. She is very playful and interactive with the parks guests. She does have a dominant personality, but she usually gets along well with most orcas. She is also one of the few adult orcas who still enjoys interacting with the parks guests.

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