Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Vilja  dead elephant
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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 61 years old
Born:* 1949 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2010-07-10
Death reason: age: suddenly collapsed and died
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo, in Germany

Date of arrival

1952-05-26Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo
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History of updates2020-10-03

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† Vilja is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2010-07-10 at Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo, in Germany, . Official death reason described as suddenly collapsed and died.


Vilja was born wild 1949.

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Vilja was bought for 12.000 German Marks (etwa 6000 Euro) in 1952 by the Stuttgart Zoo.
Her 60th birthday was celebrated in January 2009 with a vegetable and fruit cake. They stated she was the oldest elephant living in Europe.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Vilja, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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