Vilja an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Vilja at Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo

Photo: © Heike Klabunde
☨ Vilja
ID nr:EEP Number: 5206 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 61 years old
Dead date: 2010-07-10
Death reason: age: suddenly collapsed and died
Location:Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo
ArrivalStuttgart Wilhelma Zoo 1952-05-26
Born:* 1949 wild
Document updated2009-01-18: Purchase price
2009-08-09: Text
2010-07-11: death
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.

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Koehl, D., (2020). Vilja, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1294. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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