Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Marseille Zoo in France

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Toby  dead elephant
Toby displayed as museum specimen.
Toby as museum specimen. Photo: Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Marseille
Taxidermy locationMarseille Natural History Museum, Marseille, France


Museum accession number NHNM 9112


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ maybe about 46 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1840? wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1886
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Marseille Zoo, in France

Date of arrival

1855-00-00Marseille Zoo
from Asia unspecified location

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History of updates2022-04-06

Latest document update2022-04-06 18:45:08
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† Toby is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1886 at Marseille Zoo, in France, .

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Marseille Natural History Museum, in Marseille, France, since 1886-00-00.


Toby was born wild 1840? at Asia unspecified location.

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Opened in 1854, the Zoological Garden of Marseille welcomes around 1856 his first elephant: Toby, aged about fifteen of years. But, the leaders of the first provincial zoo have, it seems, put the cart before the horse, or “the elephant before the enclosure” so to speak, since “one does not knew where to lodge him; so, temporarily, they tied him by the foot at a sealed ring in the middle of the rotunda, until an elephant pavilion was built.

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Toby, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Marseille Zoo in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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