Dry moats

Between 1938 and 2009 at least 29 elephants died, or was euthanised due to accidents related to dry moats in elephant facilities. Dry moats were common during the 20th century, to separate elephants from the public, as well as keeping the elephants confined, both indoor and outdoor. Dry moats should not be built anymore, but some older elephants facilities still use them. Old deep dry moats with hard bottom are very risky, and elephants can fall down, either when searching for food, or when they fight. If a dry moat is used it should have soft bottom, dropdown < 1,5 meters, width > 2,4 meters, and ramp or gate access to enclosure. (Biology, medicine, and surgery of elephants, by Murray E. Fowler, Susan K. Mikota)


32 Deceased elephants due to falling into dry moats.

NameSpecies
Sex
OriginAgeBirthDeath dateDeath reasonParentsArrival
Death location
+ -Ranny (Rani)-EM
F
wild5719522009-03-14accident
fell in dry moat surrounding exhibit
x 1958-07-30
Mexico City Zoo (Zoológico de Chapultepec)
+ -Zambi (Jambi)-LA
F
wild4419652009-03-09disease
infection from injury; arthritis, after falling in dry moat
x 1976-00-00
Mysore Zoo (Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens)
+ -Annabel (Tessa)-EM
F
wild4519642009-03-01euthanised
fell in dry moat
x 1966-05-20
Emmen Zoo
+ -Bambi-EM
F
wild4319622005-03-02accident
? fell into the dry moat?
x
Tunis Belvedere Zoo
+ -Zimba II-LA
F
wild1019851995-09-22accident
fracture. fell inte dry moat?
x 1986-10-17
Duisburg Zoo
+ -Samorn-EM
F
wild4419501994-10-10accident
fell in the moat and died
x 1991-11-17
Monarto Zoological Park
+ -Bo Gyi-EM
M
captive-born11992-06-011993-07-01euthanised
leg fracture after falling into dry moat
Nagathan (Naing Thein, Bully) x Yu Zin1992-06-01
Emmen Zoo
+ -Carla-LC
F
wild1319781991-03-18accident
pushed in the dry moat by male Calimero
x 1981-11-04
Rome Zoo (Bioparco - Giardino Zoologico di Roma)
+ -Dombo-EM
F
wild3919511990-04-00accident
fell into the drymoat inside the stable
x 1955-00-00
Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Tierpark
+ -Tonga II-LA
F
wild?1989accident
fell into the dry moat
x
Nuremberg Zoo (Tiergarten Nürnberg)
+ -McClean-LA
F
wild1519711986-03-01killed
knocked into moat
x 1977-11-28
Los Angeles Zoo
+ -Gbaya (NGbaya)-LC
F
wild2719581985-08-19accident
pushed into dry moat
x 1961-09-11
Duisburg Zoo
+ -Sari-EM
F
wild1619671983-07-15accident
fell into the dry moat
x 1972-06-23
Magdeburg Zoo
+ -Tasja (Rhena)-LA
F
wild?1981-00-00euthanised
fell in dry moat
x 1968-00-00
Rhenen Zoo (Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen)
+ -Toto-LA
F
wild2119591980accident
fell in the dry moat
x 1962-00-00
London Zoo
+ -Jumbolino (Bubbles)-LA
M
wild1719621979euthanised
fell into the moat
x 1964-08-00
Chester Zoo
+ -noname-EM
M
captive-born01975-05-101975-12-02accident
fell in dry moat
Packy x Me-Tu1975-05-10
Los Angeles Zoo
+ -Ziggy (Herman)-EM
M
wild5619191975-10-27accident
fell into dry moat
x 1936-07-28
Brookfield Zoo
+ -miscarriage-EM
M
captive-born01974-10-281974-10-26miscarriage
mother fell into the moat
Nobby x Sheba1974-10-26
Chester Zoo
+ -Vally (Valli)-EM
F
wild2419501974-09-01accident
fell into dry moat
x 1950-07-20
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
+ -Mohan (Gyro, Gyro-Moe)-EM
M
captive-born71960-05-121967-06-26killed
knocked into moat by elephant
x 1964-11-29
Calgary Zoo
+ -Dicksie-LA
F
wild2919381967accident
fell in the dry moat
x 1945-00-00
London Zoo
+ -Frank-EM
M
wild1119551966-09-15accident
suffocation after he fell in the drymoat in outside enclosure
x 1956-05-15
Aalborg Zoo (Aalborg Zoologiske Have)
+ -Lollo-EM
F
wild1619491965-10-30accident
fell in the dry moat
x 1962-05-22
Hannover Zoo
+ -Pepik (Joe)-EM
M
wild919551964-01-00accident
fell in the dry moat
x 1956-10-06
Ostrava Zoo
+ -Olympia-EM
F
wild3419301964accident
broke the neck after being pushed into the drymoat
x 1963-00-00
Erfurt Zoo
+ -Cilly-EM
F
wild361915-19201951-07-21accident
pushed into the dry moat
x 1942-04-19
Leipzig Zoo
+ -Nancy-EM
F
wild3119201951-01-19accident
hanged by her chain in the dry moat
x 1933-11-10
Brookfield Zoo
+ -Nellie-EM
F
unknown?1949-05-21accident
fell into the dry moat, broke her back
x 1948-08-16
Taronga Zoo
+ -Kalifa II-EM
F
captive-born111928-09-201939disease
foot trauma. iron nails on moat wall
Harry x Toni II (Mary)1928-09-20
Berlin Zoo
+ -Bill-EM
M
wild919301939euthanised
shot, fell in the dry moat, fracture
x 1932-00-00
Prospect Park Zoo
+ -Hilda-EM
F
wild819301938-09-08euthanised
shot; knocked into dry moat by Bill
x
Prospect Park Zoo


 

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