Pumbi at Pretoria Zoo

† Pumbi
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Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Female 27 years
Dead date: 2012-04-03
Death reason: unknown: respiratory distress, collapsed. pneumonia
Location:Pretoria Zoo
ArrivedPretoria Zoo 1987-04-28
from Kruger National Park
Born:1985? wild in
Kruger National Park
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 2011-03-21 Lerato (Deneo)
Contradictory records:

Earlier sources stated 1987-03-12 as arrival in the zoo.

2012-03-03: Two weeks ago the NZG’s veterinarians started treating Pumbi for a suspected infection of the uterus and she was placed on a course of antibiotics. A later scan of the uterus repudiated this diagnosis, but at this stage Pumbi had started to display signs of respiratory distress. Her medication was continued but her failing health complicated her treatment.

“As Pumbi’s food intake was sporadic it made administering the drugs very difficult,” said Dr Ian Espie, the NZG’s chief veterinarian. “At times we were able to hide it in treats for her,” he added, “but the weekend’s cold and rainy weather exacerbated her condition.” On Tuesday morning at 07:45 Pumbi collapsed in her enclosure. The preliminary cause of death appears to be bronchi pneumonia but a necropsy will be conducted to confirm this diagnosis.

Records about Pumbi was updated
2009-08-07: New elephant
2010-09-16: birth place, arrival
2012-04-03: death

Sources, among others

  • National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Zoological-Gardens-of-South-Africa/90604111534
  • Peter Stolk, Netherlands

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