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

dead elephant ☨* ♀ stillborn  dead elephant


EEP nr0201


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown age
Stillborn:☨* 1902-08-31 captive-born (stillborn)
Birth place: in London Zoo

Parents: Palm x ♀ Jenny
Dead: 1902-08-31
Death reason: ☨* stillborn:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:London Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1902-08-31London Zoo
Record history
History of updates2022-08-24

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† stillborn is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1902-08-31 at London Zoo, in United Kingdom, .


stillborn was born captive-born (stillborn) 1902-08-31 at London Zoo.


Parents of stillborn are: ♂ Palm (father) and ♀ Jenny (mother).


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

0201 F 31 Aug 1902 PALM JENNY LONDON RP 31 Aug 1902 1036 Birth
31 Aug 1902 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

This stillborn asian elephant is appearently the first confirmed elephant birth in Europe in historical time. Bred at Circus Sanger.

"On my arrival at the Elephant-house about 9.15 I stopped to look at the elephant. I could see at once by the way she was walking about the den, sometimes forward and sometimes backward, and every now and then stooping with her hind legs and straining very much, that a young elephant would soon be born. The keepers had all gone, (as is ususal in Sunday mornings) and I left the house to seek assistance, and send for the keepers. On my return about 9.45 A.M. the young elephant had been born, and was lying in the middle of the den. I had the mother chained up, and then with the greatest care removed the dead animal, with the placenta, just as I found it., to the dead-house (Prosectorium). The mother was very quiet, and did not in any way try to interfere with the keepers whilst they were removing the dead young one"Assistant Superintendent in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1902

Length from tip of Trunk to end of tail, 95 ins.; trunk, 21 ins.; height at shoulders, 35 ins.
Elephants and their diseases: A treatise on elephants. by Griffith H. Evans
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). stillborn, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at London Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 15 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling
  • London Zoo from old photographs, by John C. Edwards 1996, pp. 106
  • Page 97, Elephants and their diseases: A treatise on elephants. by Griffith H. Evans

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