African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) at
Philadelphia Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Josephine  dead elephant
Taxidermy locationWashington National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, United States


Museum accession number NMNH USNM 270993
SSP nr5


Species:African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Characteristics: skull, skeleton, nerve stored in a jar of alcohol
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1943-03-12
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Philadelphia Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1925-04-04Philadelphia Zoo
from Joseph Shirley

Record history
History of updates2020-10-01

Latest document update2021-07-28 07:00:31
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† Josephine is a dead Female ♀ African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), , who died 1943-03-12 at Philadelphia Zoo, in United States, .

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Washington National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC, United States, since 1943-03-12.


Josephine was born wild .

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Josephine, African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) located at Philadelphia Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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