Tembo at Hannover Zoo

Male African Bush elephant Tembo at Hannover Zoo

Tembo and Wolfgang Ramin
† Tembo
ID Number:EEP Number: 5102 - 
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Male 26 years
Dead date: 1977-08-30
Death reason: euthanised: stepped on and fractured his own hindleg after anesthesia
Location:Hannover Zoo
ArrivedHannover Zoo 1963-05-31
from Firma Ruhe (Tierhandelsfirma Ruhe)
Firma Ruhe (Tierhandelsfirma Ruhe) 1963-05-00
from Circus Knie
Circus Knie 1953-00-00
from Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo 1952-11-01
from August Kuenzler

from Ruaha National Park
Born:1951 wild in
Ruaha National Park Tanzania
Body height (m and feet): 3.45 meter, 11.3 feet
Capture: 1952
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 4 babies

  1. (F) 1968-06-04 -- † 1968-06-18 Tangi
  2. (M) 1973-03-29 -- † 1979 Hannibal
  3. (F) 1974-09-18 -- † 1974-09-18 miscarriage
  4. (M) 1977-11-27 Kibo, EEP nr: 7704
Document updated2009-03-15:country origin, arrival dates



2017-03-09: link to Elefanten-Fotolexikon (Petra Prager) submitted
1963: Tembo left for Circus Knie after a few months and ultimately became breeding bull at Hannover ZooDr. Peter Dollinger, Zoo Office Bern, Switzerland

Until his death by 26 years of age, the bull Tembo was kept chained night time in the stable, which was possible due to the free contact management by elephant keeper Wolfgang Ramin.

Sources, among others

  • Dr. Peter Dollinger, Zoo Office Bern, Switzerland
  • Height: Henry Merker, Tiergarten-Forum
  • Zooelefant.de (Christian Remenyi)
  • Peter Stolk, Netherlands
  • http://www.onlinereports.ch/OEkologie.113+M50ad948cb36.0.html
  • African Elephant Studbook, Europe Regional EEP
    by Amelia Terkel, Zoological center Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Israel

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