Jumbo at Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Jumbo at Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)

† Jumbo
ID Number:EEP Number: 0702 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 46 years old
Dead date: 1953-03-10
Death reason: euthanised: shot with rifle. Cronic pericaditis and penumonia, ,cardiovascular Bacterial
Location:Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)
ArrivedCopenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have) 1919-06-08
from Circus Krone
Circus Krone 1910-00-00
from Firma Ruhe (Tierhandelsfirma Ruhe)
Firma Ruhe (Tierhandelsfirma Ruhe) 1909-00-00
Born:1907 wild India
Document updated2009-09-09: text
2012-06-13: eep records
Records about Jumbo from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Jumbo:

0702 M ~ 1907 WILD WILD INDIA ~ 1907 NONE Birth JUMBO
CIRCUS 1 Jan 1910 NONE Transfer
COPENHAGE 8 Jun 1919 10371 Transfer
10 Mar 1953 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

Bought 1919 from Karl Krone for 25.000 german Marks.

Just after the arrival to copenhagen he made a serious attempt to kill the zoo director Valdemar Dreyer. Dreyer managed to escape with three broken ribs and a broken arm, after this Jumbo was managed offhand. This incident is described in the book ZOO by Bent Jørgensen. According to Dreyer, he later found out that Jumbo had tried to killed people at Krone before, and at least once tusked a keeper.

For many years regarded by experts to be the largest and most handsome asian bull in europe, he reached over 3 meters by the shoulders.

At 1953-03-10 elephant keepers noticed that Jumbo could not stand up. later high fever was measured, and indication of penumonia.

Sources, among others

  • Jens Madsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Elefanter i Kpenhavns Zoologisk Haave siden 1878, by Henning, Copenhagen, Denmark

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