Elephant mankillers

The numbers of elephants that have killed humans is less than stated than by many rumors, and animal right activists often argue that when elephants kill people its because of bad management. It has to be cleared though, that even if one elephant has killed people, theres often 4 or more elephants in the facility who never did, and never attacked a human, therefore statistically, it should be considered an individual problem, rater than a management problem, why each single case should be viewed as an isolated topic, and not a general manegemant topic. The accidents also should be compared to human deaths accociated to dogs, horses, cattle and other captive animals. Its tragical when it happends, but its also tragical, that such accidents are used politically by people with an agenda. Management transfering to protected contact as a result, put many well behaving elephants in situation that has no scientific reason. If protected contact would be minimized to the most dangerous animals, the rest of the herd would often benefit from the classical free-contact. It should also be stressed, that captive born Zoo elephants, contrary to what many laymen believe, becomes agressive in a higher degree, than wild-born elephants. Especially wild caught bulls are often considered by professionals more safe to work with, than captive born bulls. Most elephants cope very well with the captive situation, and most people enjoy the interaction between the trainer and the elephants.

Murderous Mary hanged in 1916 by the neck hanged from a railroad derrick in Erin city, USA.
Murderous Mary hanged in 1916 by the neck hanged from a railroad derrick in Erin city, USA.
4-paws Topsy executed in 1903 by electrocution at Luna park, USA, an event filmed by the Thomas Edison.
4-paws Topsy executed in 1903 by electrocution at Luna park, USA, an event filmed by the Thomas Edison.
Black Diamond after being shot in Kenedy, Texas, 1929.
Black Diamond after being shot in Kenedy, Texas, 1929.
Salim photographed by killing keeper Gunter Lenz in Berlin Zoo, 1963.
Salim photographed by killing keeper Gunter Lenz in Berlin Zoo, 1963.

The list is a new function, and its incomplete. Please tell me about elephants missing!

188 captive elephants that killed human keepers and trainers, or visitors to zoos, circuses and camps.

NameSpecies
Sex
OriginAgeBirthDeath dateParentsArrivalPresent or last Location
-Boonchoo-EM
M
unknown 6 years2011 x Santawee Boonklao
-Abu-LA
M
captive-born 16 years2001-04-25Tembo x Sabi2006-07-20Halle Zoo
-Kethan (Kyata)-EM
M
wild 18 years1999 x 2008-11-00Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)
-Sakor-EM
M
wild 21 years1996 x 2012-08-28Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)
+ -Candy (Masha, Marta)-EM
F
captive-born 13 years1995-03-022008-09-12Jimmi (Jimmy) x Pregolia (Pregolja)2007-12-01Erevan Zoo (Yerevan)
-unknown-EM
M
wild 24 years1993? x 2011-06-09Balle Elephant Camp
+ -Bertha-LA
F
wild 23 years19902013 x 2009-00-00Elephant Experience (Zambia)
-Ap-LA
M
wild 27 years1990 x 1998-00-00Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo (Korat Zoo)
-Harry-LA
M
wild 28 years1989 x 2012-03-22Elephants of Eden (EOE)
-Samba (Tanya, Tania)-LA
F
wild 29 years1988 x Circus Europe International (Cirque de lEurope, Max Aucante)
+ -Sidor Plaiwan-EM
M
unknown 25 years19872012-03-03 x 2012-01-00Somchai Yoothongkham
-La Petite-EM
F
wild 32 years1985-00-00 x 2001-01-07Ramat Gan Zoo
-Erna-LA
F
wild 32 years1985 x 2009-04-16Warsaw Zoo (Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw)
-Benjamin (Ben, Ebeni)-LA
M
wild 33 years1984 x 2002-10-02Thoiry Zoo (Parc de Thoiry)
-Edie-LA
F
wild 34 years1983 x 2002-10-01Knoxville Zoo
-Jambo (Dumbo)-LA
F
wild 34 years1983 x 2011-06-00Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
-Moja (Margo)-LA
F
captive-born 35 years1982-05-24Chico x Wankie (Wanki)1994-10-12Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
-Zhongbo (Zhong Bo)-EM
M
wild 35 years1982 x Kunming Zoo
+ -Flora-LA
F
wild 25 years19822007-02-10 x 2002-11-19Moscow Zoo (Moskovskii Zoopark)
+ -Seta-LA
F
wild 20 years19812001-09-23 x 1983-08-31Dvur Kralove Zoo
-Thandi (Tandi)-LA
F
wild 36 years1981 x 2001-07-30Pretoria Zoo
+ -Geeta (Dilberta)-EM
F
26 years1980-06-002006-02-07 x 2001-12-04Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
-Anarkali-EM
F
38 years1979 x Sitamarhi Ashram
-Maggy (Maggi)-LA
F
wild 39 years1978 x 1999-10-00Zoológico Matecaña
+ -Kenya-LA
F
wild 22 years19782000-02-05 x 1984-06-00Lance Ramos (Lancelot Kollman)
-Patience-EM
F
wild 41 years1976 x 1990-10-30Dickerson Park Zoo
+ -Raja-EM
M
wild 41 years1976 x Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
-Pirinolo-LA
M
wild 41 years1976 x 1993-00-00Zoológico Matecaña
+ -Tyke (Mike)-LA
F
wild 20 years19741994-08-20 x 1988-07-18Hawthorn Corporation
-Alice-EM
F
wild 43 years1974 x 1991-08-29Albuquerque Biological Park
-Natalie-EM
F
unknown 43 years1974 x 2009-07-30Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal (Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Paniat)
-Luka (Tasa)-EM
M
captive-born 44 years1973-04-13Mita x Tisa2013-06-27Osnabruck Zoo
-Jumbo (Mila, Melanie Kai, Mele Kahea)-LA
F
wild 44 years1973 x 2013-11-14San Diego Zoo
+ -Smokey-LA
M
wild 28 years19732001-03-11 x 1975-09-16Oakland Zoo (Knowland Park)
+ -Nyaka Nyaka-LA
M
unknown 27 years19732000-05-05 x Elephant Back Safaris (Abu Camp)
+ -Tusko (Sobik)-EM
M
wild 44 years19712015-12-22 x 2005-06-20Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)
-Aja-LA
F
wild 46 years1971 x 2006-04-07Rhenen Zoo (Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen)
-Casey-EM
M
wild 46 years1971 x 2005-11-14Fort Worth Zoo
-Reba (Daffodil)-EM
F
wild 47 years1970 x 1999-12-17Phoenix Zoo
+ -Boy-EM
M
unknown 40 years19702010-04-26 x 1972-12-07Kiev Zoo
+ -Jo (Juanita)-LA
F
wild 43 years19692012-07-16 x 2010-12-01Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
-Bindu-EM
M
wild 49 years1968 x 2004-09-10Cologne Zoo (Zoo Köln)
-Sissy (Gerry II)-EM
F
wild 49 years1968 x 2000-01-26The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
+ -Sam (Sammy)-EM
M
wild 22 years19671989-11-10 x 1986-03-20Fort Worth Zoo
+ -Petr II-LA
M
wild 10 years19671977-03-15 x 1969-07-16Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
-Jadura-EM
M
unknown 51 years1966? x Pinnawala elephant orphanage
+ -Iris-EM
F
wild 30 years1966-12-001996-09-06 x 1967-00-00Twycross Zoo
+ -Teak (Rajah)-EM
M
captive-born 12 years1966-08-091978-05-05Thonglaw x Pet1968-07-01Morgan Berry
-Winkie II (Winky)-EM
F
wild 51 years1966 x 2000-09-12The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
+ -Frieda (Freida, Taffy)-EM
F
wild 49 years19662015-03-09 x 2006-02-09The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
+ -Kumara-EM
F
wild 35 years19662001-10-08 x 1989-05-02Chester Zoo
+ -Danka-EM
F
30 years19661996-04-00 x 1996-03-12Alexandria Zoo
+ -Madura-EM
F
captive-born 19 years1965-08-041984-06-21Siam x Java1965-08-04Circus Knie
+ -Henrietta-EM
F
wild 42 years19652007 x 1991-00-00Circus Mustang (Quai Weisheit)
+ -Srey Pao (Srey Pov)-EM
F
48 years19652013-05-12 x 2001-00-00Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)
+ -Misty-EM
F
52 years19642016-04-13 x 2004-11-17The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
+ -Dutch (Dottie, Pepper, Champagne, Cleopatra, Popsicle)-EM
F
wild 25 years19641989 x 1985-05-03William Buckles Woodcock
-Thechikottukavu Ramachandran-EM
M
wild 53 years1964 x Thechikkottukavu Peramangalthu Devaswom
+ -Betty-EM
F
wild 44 years19632007-02-09 x 1999-10-15ARC (Murray Hill-Arlan Seidon)
+ -Neena (Nina)-EM
F
wild 52 years19632015-05-06 x 1984-00-00Carson and Barnes Circus
-Arjuna-EM
M
wild 56 years1961 x Balle Elephant Camp
+ -Sambo-EM
M
unknown 50 years19612011-02-16 x 2010-12-25Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)
+ -Tilly (Arletta, Tillie, Chocolate)-EM
F
wild 50 years19602010 x 1993-08-01Two Tails Ranch (Patricia Zerbini)
-Boun Su (Bon-Su)-EM
M
wild 57 years1960 x 2005-00-00All Lao elephant camp
-Lakshmi-EM
F
wild 58 years1959 x Mumbai Byculla Jijamata Udyan zoo
+ -Arna (Arnah)-EM
F
wild 54 years19582012-09-14 x 2008-01-14Western Plains Zoo
-Gigi-EM
F
wild 59 years1958 x 2008-01-14Western Plains Zoo
+ -Surik (Surhak)-EM
M
unknown 45 years19572002-04-27 x 1965-08-31Hrodna Zoo
+ -Ginny-EM
F
wild 49 years19552004-05-04 x 1962-01-23San Antonio Zoo
+ -Navam Raja-EM
M
wild 57 years19542011-07-08 x Gangaramaya Temple
+ -Salim (Salem)-LA
M
wild 23 years19521975 x 1955-00-00Berlin Zoo
+ -Manyula-EM
F
wild 60 years19502010-09-21 x 1955-06-29San Salvador Zoo (Parque Zoológico Nacional de San Salvador)
+ -Joyce-EM
F
wild 48 years19481996-08-03 x 1970-00-00Hawthorn Corporation
+ -Hanako-EM
F
wild 69 years19472016-05-26 x 1954-03-05Inokashira Park Zoo
+ -Abu-EM
F
wild 68 years19352003 x Ashtons Circus
+ -Wastl-EM
M
captive-born 11 years1932-05-081943-11-22Boy x Cora1939-03-21Berlin Zoo
+ -Omar-EM
M
wild 38 years19191957-01-07 x 1938-04-12Leipzig Zoo
+ -Jamuna-EM
F
wild 48 years19171965-09-02 x 1923-06-07Auckland Zoo
+ -Prince-EM
M
wild 24 years19131937-09-19 x 1936-11-06San Diego Zoo
+ -Tommy-EM
M
unknown 24 years19131937 x 1921-00-00Perry Brothers circus
+ -Charlie Ed-EM
M
wild 27 years19101937-06-19 x 1936-03-16San Francisco Zoo
+ -Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo)-EM
F
captive-born 39 years19001939 x Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny)1937-10-01San Diego Zoo
+ -Queenie-EM
F
wild 45 years19001945-06-22 x 1902-03-03Royal Melbourne Zoological Park
+ -Snyder-EM
M
wild 23 years18971920-09-13 x 1906-00-00Sells-Floto Circus
+ -Black Diamond-EM
M
wild 32 years18971929-10-16 x 1928-00-00Al G. Barnes Circus
+ -Mary (Big Mary, Murderous Mary)-EM
F
wild 30 years18861916-09-13 x 1898-00-00Sparks Circus
+ -Columbia (Young America)-EM
F
captive-born 27 years1880-03-101907-11-08Mandarin x Hebe (Babe)1881-00-00Barnum and Bailey Circus
+ -Harry-EM
M
wild 54 years18801934 x 1905-06-08Berlin Zoo
+ -Babe (York, Chief)-EM
M
wild 66 years18771943 x 1912-00-00Toledo Zoo
+ -Topsy (4-Paw Topsy, Crooked-tail Topsy)-EM
F
wild 28 years18751903-01-04 x 1902-00-00Luna Park
+ -Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy)-EM
F
wild 83 years1871?1954 x 1934-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
+ -Chief-EM
M
wild 26 years18641890-12-00 x Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
+ -Forepaughs Bolivar-EM
M
wild 47 years18611908-07-21 x 1888-12-25Philadelphia Zoo
+ -Siam (Sayan)-EM
M
wild 50 years18591909-03-28 x Buenos Aires Zoo (Jardin Zoologico de Buenos Aires)
+ -Boy-EM
M
wild 32 years18471879-07-18 x 1857-07-06Berlin Zoo
+ -Hannibal-EM
M
wild 53 years18121865-05-06 x 1865-00-00unknown
-Shankar (Nandan)-EM
M
unknown0 x 2010-10-25Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary camp
+ -Delhi (Dahlia)-EM
F
wild2004-09-16 x 1973-10-15Givskud Zoo (Løveparken)
+ -Bosco-EM
M
wild1982 x Circus Kendler
+ -Palm-EM
M
wild1901 x Lord George Sanger Circus (Circus Sanger)
+ -Empress (Gypsy)-EM
F
wild x 1892-00-00Harris Nickel Plate Shows
+ -Frida-EM
F
wild2011-09-06? x 1998-00-00Quilpue Zoo (El Parque Zoológico de Quilpué)
+ -Bee (Burma)-EM
F
wild2010-04-28 x 1980-00-00Toluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango)
+ -Raja-EM
M
wild2013-01-12 x 1994-00-00Pinnawala elephant orphanage
+ -Chang II-EM
M
wild1947-12-25 x 1936-07-17Zurich Zoo
+ -Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?)-EM
F
wild1915 x 1907-00-00Great J. E. Henry Show
+ -Dolly-EM
F
wild1950-03-29 x 1939-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
+ -Tom-Tom-EM
M
wild1911-06-24 x 1904-00-00Yankee Robinson Circus
+ -Sabu (Sabi)-EM
F
wild x 1979-00-00Josef Gärtner
+ -Albert-EM
M
wild x 1924-00-00Ketrow Brothers Circus
+ -Lucy-EM
F
wild1958-01-00 x 1955-00-00Gran Circo Union
+ -Salt-EM
F
wild1952-10-05 x 1947-00-00Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fosset)
+ -Tip-EM
wild1937-08-00 x 1903-00-00Haag Circus
+ -Kay-EM
F
wild1955-03-00 x Roy Bible
+ -Queen (Obrien Queen)-EM
F
wild1910-10-26 x 1910-04-00Frank A. Robbins Circus
+ -Samson (Sampson, Rajah)-EM
M
wild1900-04-24 x 1892-00-00Lemen Brothers Show
+ -Zip-LA
F
wild1893-01-02 x 1890-00-00Ringling Brothers Circus
+ -Chiquita-EM
F
wild1972-06-17 x Circus Rancy (Cirque Rancy)
+ -Joe-EM
M
wild1943-10-29 x 1935-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
-Benji (Benjamin, Baby)-LA
F
wild x 2015-06-00Stukenbrock Safaripark
+ -unknown-EM
M
wild1866-06-28 x Circus Bell and Meyers
+ -Bastian Vinaya Chandran-EM
M
wild2004 x Guruji Prashanth
+ -Toto-LA
M
wild1939 x 1910-00-00Rome Zoo (Bioparco - Giardino Zoologico di Roma)
-Yaza Gaha Thiri Pyitsaya Gaza Raza Yadana White Elephant-EM
M
wild x Yadana White Elephants Garden
+ -Prince (Tommy)-EM
M
wild1882 x Dublin Zoo
+ -Vance-EM
M
wild1935-08-04 x 1917-00-00Al G. Barnes Circus
+ -Prince-EM
M
wild1898-07-03 x 1895-00-00Great Wallace Brothers
+ -Charlie (Big Charlie)-EM
M
wild1901-01-26 x 1900-00-00Great Wallace Brothers
+ -Winky-EM
F
wild1982-06-10 x 1982-06-10Wildlife Safari
+ -Sauce (Saucy, Jumbo)-EM
F
wild1960 x 1957-00-00Butlins Holiday Camp Skegness
+ -Sid-EM
M
wild1904-12-20 x 1896-00-00Forepaugh-Sells Show
+ -Miss Daisy-LA
F
wild1933 x 1916-00-00Honolulu Zoo (Kapiolani Park Zoo)
+ -Ding (DIng-Dong)-EM
F
wild1940-02-21 x 1939-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
+ -Böse Rosa-EM
F
wild x Circus Sarrasani
+ -Buby (Bubi)-LA
M
wild1930 x 1920-00-00Circus Kludsky (Cirkusu Kludských)
-Jayathu-EM
M
captive-bornRaja x IndiPinnawala elephant orphanage
+ -Rostom (Rustum)-EM
M
wild1892 x 1881-04-17Berlin Zoo
+ -Laxmi Kali-EM
F
unknown2014-09-29 x Chitwan Hattisar (Sauraha Elephant Breeding Centre)
+ -Fifi-EM
F
unknown x 1985-05-15Unknown
+ -Jumbo-EM
M
wild x Unknown
-Carol-EM
F
wild x Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Gold Unit)
-unknown-EM
F
wild x Rajkamal Circus
-Girija Prasad (Manikantan)-EM
M
wild x Sakrebyle elephant camp (Sacrebyle, Sakrebail)
+ -Columbus II (Mogul?)-EM
M
wild1854 x Raymond & Warings Menagerie, Museum and Circus United
+ -Pizarro-EM
M
wild1847-04-15 x 1845-03-00Raymond & Warings Menagerie, Museum and Circus United
+ -Yai-EM
M
unknown2014-01-00 x BLES (Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary)
-Na-EM
F
unknown x Sao Mai Circus
+ -Tippoo Sahib (Tippoo Saib)-EM
M
wild1871-04-07 x 1848-00-00Van Amburg Circus
+ -Romeo (Canada, Selim)-EM
M
wild1872-06-05 x 1867-00-00Adam Forepaugh Circus
+ -Betty-EM
F
unknown1963-05-28 x 1963-05-14Taronga Zoo
+ -Dorothy-EM
F
unknown1960? x 1959-00-00Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
+ -Godapani-EM
M
unknown2007-12-00 x Kaziranga unspecified elephant camp
+ -Albert-EM
M
x 1868-00-00Buckleys Circus
+ -Douglas-LA
unknown x Josef Gärtner
+ -Albert-EM
M
unknown1885-07-20 x 1881-00-00Barnum and London Circus
+ -Giant-EM
unknown x 1905-00-00Hagenbach Amusement Company
+ -Hank (Henrietta)-EM
F
1961-04-27 x 1959-00-00James Christy Cole Circus
+ -Mabel-EM
F
1944-03-03 x 1942-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
+ -Monte-EM
M
1911-05-01 x 1911-00-00Kit Carson Show
+ -Romeo-EM
M
unknown1900-10-23 x 1900-00-00Ringling Brothers Circus
-Boon Seuhm-EM
F
unknown x 2007-08-21Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal (Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Paniat)
-Kongka-EM
M
unknown x Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal (Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Paniat)
-Silvi-EM
unknown x Holiday Circus
-Bak Mai-EM
F
unknown x 2016-12-00Airavata Cambodia
-Bookburg-EM
M
unknown x Siam Safari Khao Sok
-Ka-EM
M
captive-born x unknown2008-00-00Dai Nam Open Zoo (Lac Canh Dai Nam Van Hien)
-Na-EM
F
x Vietnam Circus Federation
-Narayanankutty-EM
M
x Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple
+ -Pizarro-EM
M
unknown1845-03-08 x Raymond & Warings Menagerie, Museum and Circus United
+ -Cardigan (Cardie)-EM
M
1923-07-00 x 1902-00-00Wirth Circus
-Megharjunan-EM
M
unknown x Koodalmanikyam Temple
+ -Shemir-EM
x 1890-12-11unknown
-Reno-EM
M
x Riau Elephant Center
+ -Ringling Trilby-EM
F
1942-08-04 x 1919-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
-unknown-EM
F
x 2011-07-00Fuji Safari Park
-Dino-EM
M
x 2012-10-28Seblat Elephant Conservation Center (ECC)
+ -Robbins Queen-EM
F
1910-11-25 x 1910-00-00Bartell Wild Animal Farm (William Bartel)
-Bua Ngern-EM
F
x Maha Wang Chang Elephant Village
-Pudoor Devinandan-EM
M
x Krishnaprasad
-Dhrube (wild)-EM
M
wild x Chitwan National Park (CNP)
-Champa Kali-EM
F
x Nature Safari Camp
-Golf-EM
M
x Island Safari Tour Co
+ -Katchalertfaa-EM
M
2016-03-17 x Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal (Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Paniat)
-Panamtu-EM
M
x Gajah Mungkur zoo
+ -Nageri Mana Valiya Kesavan (Nageri Mana Ayyappankutty, Poothrikovil Vinayakan)-EM
M
2016-12-15 x Sri Nageri mana Vasudevan Namboothiri
+ -Miss Jenny-EM
F
1928-03-05 x 1919-07-09Basel Zoo
-Sook-EM
F
x 2015-11-15Elephant Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert)
-Chinnakomban-EM
M
x 2016-04-04Mudumalai Theppakadu elephant camp