Nicholaus IIs elephant
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Moscow Zoo in Russia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Nicholaus IIs elephant  dead elephant
Nicholaus IIs elephant displayed as museum specimen.
Nicholaus IIs elephant as museum specimen.

Taxidermy locationRussian State Darwin Museum, , Russia



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Africa unspecified location
Dead: 1916
Death reason: disease: caught a cold and died
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Moscow Zoo, in Russia

Date of arrival

1916-00-00Moscow Zoo
from Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie

Record history
History of updates2021-07-31

Latest document update2021-07-13 18:14:19
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† Nicholaus IIs elephant is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1916 at Moscow Zoo, in Russia, . Official death reason described as caught a cold and died.

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Russian State Darwin Museum, in , Russia, since 1916-00-00.


Nicholaus IIs elephant was born wild at Africa unspecified location.

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In the autumn of 1916, the African elephant, the pride of Nicholas II’s menagerie in Tsarskoye Selo was to be transported to Moscow. On the way over the elephant caught a cold and died. But a royal elephant is a royal elephant, and what was left of it had to be preserved. The hide alone weighed more than a ton. It was cut into three parts and pickled in barrels.

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Nicholaus IIs elephant, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Moscow Zoo in Russia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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