Status: Alive Current Age: 23 Blood Type: 100% Icelandic Number of Calves: 4 Number of known Miscarriages/Stillbirths: 1 Age at time of first calf: 10 First Calf: Kohana (b.2002) Last Calf: Kamea (b.2013) Average Calving Interval: 3 years EXCLUDING miscarriage (this means since having Kohana she has been pregnant more than she has not been) Calves Still Alive: 4-Kohana (b.2002), Trua (b.2005), Sakari (b.2010), and Kamea (b.2013) Deceased Calves: Miscarriage of March 2012 Separation Rate: 50% Notable Facts: Takara was the second whale to ever be AI’d and carry a calf to term who was Kohana, sired with Tilikum’s sperm. After giving birth to Kohana trainers noted that Takara “matured” and she has been regarded as a good and attentive mother. Her calf Kamea was also sired via AI, using Kshamenk’s (confrimed by John Hargrove, but never by Seaworld) sperm. By 2013 Takara, at the age of 22 had been pregnant five times in her 12 years of being bred, more than her then 36 year old mother! Takara was separated from her daughter Kohana when she was only four. Kohana rejected her two calves, likely as a result of not being taught maternal skills from Takara. Takara was also separated from her son Trua when he was 3. In an online PR photo, Seaworld used a picture of Takara with a young Kohana with the caption “we do not separate mothers and calves” which backfired as soon as people realized the individuals pictured, as Takara lives in Texas and Kohana lives in Spain. Takara currently lives with two of her daughters, and three other captive born orcas at Seaworld San Antonio. Given her age and good maternal skills, Takara will likely be bred again in the future.