Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Jumbo  dead elephant


EEP nr0702


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 46 years old
Body height: 3.00 meter, 9.8 feet
Born:* 1907 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1953-03-10
Death reason: shot: shot with rifle. Cronic pericaditis and penumonia, ,cardiovascular Bacterial
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Copenhagen Zoo, in Denmark

Date of arrival

1919-06-08Copenhagen Zoo
from Circus Krone

1910-00-00Circus Krone
from Firma Ruhe

Record history
History of updates2009-09-09: text
2012-06-13: EEP records
2021-07-03: height

Latest document update2021-07-03 13:56:46
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† Jumbo is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1953-03-10 at Copenhagen Zoo, in Denmark, . Official death reason described as shot with rifle. Cronic pericaditis and penumonia, ,cardiovascular Bacterial.


Jumbo was born wild 1907.

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Records about Jumbo from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Jumbo:

0702 M ~ 1907 WILD WILD INDIA ~ 1907 NONE Birth JUMBO
CIRCUS 1 Jan 1910 NONE Transfer
COPENHAGE 8 Jun 1919 10371 Transfer
10 Mar 1953 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

Bought 1919 from Karl Krone for 25.000 German Marks.

Just after the arrival to copenhagen he made a serious attempt to kill the zoo director Valdemar Dreyer. Dreyer managed to escape with three broken ribs and a broken arm, after this Jumbo was managed offhand. This incident is described in the book ZOO by Bent Jørgensen. According to Dreyer, he later found out that Jumbo had tried to killed people at Krone before, and at least once tusked a keeper.

For many years regarded by experts to be the largest and most handsome asian bull in Europe, he reached over 3 meters by the shoulders.

At 1953-03-10 elephant keepers noticed that Jumbo could not stand up. later high fever was measured, and indication of Pneumonia.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Jumbo, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 2 July 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1173. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Jens Madsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Elefanter i Köpenhavns Zoologisk Haave siden 1878, by Henning, Copenhagen, Denmark

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