Donkey an Asian elephant at Kolmarden Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Donkey  
Gipsy (left), Donkey (right) and head elephant keeper Sven Mellgren.
Gipsy (left), Donkey (right) and head elephant keeper Sven Mellgren.

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Id numberEEP Number: 6701
Body height: 2.62 meter, 8.6 feet
Born:* 1965 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 2003-05-26
Death reason: euthanised: Positive Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) trunk-wash test
Present / last location:Kolmarden Zoo, in Sweden

Date of Arrival

1965-00-00Kolmarden Zoo

Document updated2012-07-07: corr arrival year
2012-08-14: corr death year
2013-08-04: height
2018-05-09: photo
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† Donkey is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Kolmarden Zoo, in Sweden, euthanised in 2003-05-26, Positive Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) trunk-wash test(see detailed list).


Donkey was born wild 1965.

Comments / pictures

This photo was taken in May 1967 and probably shows Donkey and an elephant called Sandra or Samba, who is standing in the front of the smaller, younger elephant, which is probably Donkey. (Chocolate is not on the picture) Photo: Erland Wadsten, 1967

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Donkey, an Asian at Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 November 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Jörgen Gustafsson, Sweden
  • Asian Elephant Studbook, Europe Regional EEP, 2011 by Rob Belterman, Martin van Wees
  • Kolmarden Zoo records, Sven Mellgren


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