David Sjölanders elephant
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Huila Province in Angola

dead elephant ☨ ♂ David Sjölanders elephant  dead elephant
David Sjölanders elephant displayed as taxidermy specimen.
David Sjölanders elephant as taxidermy specimen. The elephant mount in the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History is consid-ered to be one of the best in the world, perhaps even the best (Seberg 1989) This image is inline deepink from an external server, inline linking does not directly infringe copyright but can be removed on request.
David Sjölander pointing to the temporal of the elephant, who may have been in musth, with an active temporal gland. Angola, 1948. Photo: Vasco Ferreira, 1948)
David Sjölander pointing to the temporal of the elephant, who may have been in musth, with an active temporal gland. Angola, 1948. Photo: Vasco Ferreira, 1948)
Taxidermy locationGothenburg Museum of Natural History, Göteborg, Sweden

Identification

Museum accession number GNM 4576

Description

Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Body height: 3.35 meter, 11.0 feet
Body weight: 6000.00 kg, 13200.00 lbs
Origin
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Huila Province
Imported:1949 by Gothenburg Museum of Natural History
Death
Dead: 1948-12-04
Death location: Huila Province Huila Province, Angola
Death reason: hunted: shot by David Sjölander
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Huila Province, in Angola

Date of arrival

Huila Province
Record history
History of updates2021-07-07

Latest document update2021-07-08 08:24:26
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Biography

† David Sjölanders elephant is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1948-12-04 at Huila Province, in Angola, . Official death reason described as shot by David Sjölander.

Taxidermy locationThe Taxidermy remains of this animal is within the Taxidermy collection at Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, in Göteborg, Sweden, since 1949-05-18.

Origin


David Sjölanders elephant was born wild at Huila Province. and imported 1949 by Gothenburg Museum of Natural History


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"Elephants are not picked from trees" are the words of Swedish taxidermist and conservator David Sjölander (1886–1953), spoken while he was in Angola looking for a fine bull elephant specimen in the autumn of 1948. On the 16th of July 1948, David Sjölander left Gothenburg with the transatlantic steamer “Gullmaren” bound for Africa.

At the age of 62 Sjölander was to satisfy his life's dream of shooting the elephant he for so long had wished to prepare and exhibit. The African elephant was to be the main attraction in the Mammal Room of the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History. He returned to Sweden with “Gullmaren”, and off-loaded his material in Ystad, from where he arrived Gothenburg on the 18th of May 1949 with a lorry full with three and a half tons of material; as much as one third comprised hide, skeletons and Tusks.

Liv Emma Thorsen, professor of cultural history, has reconstructed the collection history of four mammals exhibited in the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History that attracted much attention when they were displayed to the public for the first time: The elephant, gorilla, Tonkean macaque and walrus. The book examines how the museum acquired animals for its exhibits from 1906 to 1948, and how living animal bodies became museum exhibits.

Using photographs and documents from the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, the book shows that these museums are in possession of valuable material for writing the cultural history of animals, and that the museums of natural history display a nature that is historically, socially and culturally construed.

About David Sjölander (Swedish)David Sjölander, född 18 november 1886 i Norra Sandsjö, död 17 november 1954 i Göteborg, var en svensk äventyrare, naturfotograf och konservator. Han arbetade 1925–1952 på Göteborgs naturhistoriska museum som konservator.

Sjölander var riksbekant för sina resor till Kina och Angola och för sina naturtrogna monterade däggdjur. Han är ansedd som en av världens främsta konservatorer, och i det sammanhanget framför allt berömd för sin "uppstoppade" stäppelefant på Naturhistoriska museet i Göteborg. Elefanthannen var 45 år och vägde 6 ton när den sköts av Sjölander den 4 december 1948 i Huíla-provinsen i södra Portugisiska Västafrika.

Sjölander fick motta Göteborgs stads förtjänsttecken den 4 juni 1952, med följande motivering: "David Sjölander har en mycket rik erfarenhet av livet. Han har varit mekaniker, han har gjort sig känd som en av Sveriges främsta fågelfotografer, och som konservator står han enligt sakkunnigt uttalande som den främste icke endast i vårt land utan i hela Europa. Han anses på detta område väl kunna jämföras med eliten bland Förenta Staternas konservatorer. David Sjölander har filmat fågellivet i Tåkern samt på Måkläppen och Stora Karlsö.

I södra Kina och Tibet har han gjort värdefulla insamlingar för Naturhistoriska riksmuseet i Stockholm. I tjugosju år har han verkat som förste konservator vid Naturhistoriska museet här i Göteborg. Hans arbeten är mästerverk. Härom året sändes han till Portugisiska Västafrika och återvände med en rik skörd för museet. Han lyckades bland annat fälla en fullvuxen elefanthane, vilken han även bringade hem och monterade. Det anses ha varit en prestation av mycket hög rang. Vem som helst kan taga del av detta ståtliga exemplar från det inre Afrika.

David Sjölander har fått många bevis på uppskattning. Göteborgs stad ber att få hedra en märklig livsgärning."
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References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). David Sjölanders elephant, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Huila Province in Angola. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=10833. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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