Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
London Zoo in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Jack  dead elephant
Jack after his death, 1847
Jack after his death, 1847


EEP nr311


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 27 years old
Born:* 1820-07-00 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1847-06-05
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:London Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1831-05-11London Zoo
Record history
History of updates2012-05-27: added birth date from EEP list 2011.

Latest document update2021-07-13 11:58:50
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† Jack is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1847-06-05 at London Zoo, in United Kingdom, .


Jack was born wild 1820-07-00.

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

311 M ~ Jul 1820 UNK UNK PUBLIC ~ Jan 1831 NONE Transfer JACK
LONDON RP 11 May 1831 927 Transfer
5 Jun 1847 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

In 1847 the large male elephant, Jack; died in the
Zoological Gardens. I was sentJiaf to skin and prepare the
skeleton of this huge animal. Professor Owen, Professor
Rymer Jones and other anatomists were present on the
occasion, taking notes and assisting in the dissection. By
the accidental breaking of the tackle used in lifting the
body of this ponderous brute I was nearly crushed to death,
and Professor Owen, while endeavouring to remove the
brain, so lacerated his hands against the ragged edge of
the skull-bones that an alarming and dangerous illness
was the result ; in fact, it was thought for some time that
his life was in danger.

Wild animals in captivity, by A. D. Bartlett
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Jack, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at London Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 8 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1197. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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  • Wild animals in captivity, by A. D. Bartlett

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