Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
La Barben Zoo (Parc Zoologique De La Barben) in France

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Raja  dead elephant
The little Asian elephant was Raja.
The little Asian elephant was Raja.


EEP nr6710


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 50 years old
Born:* 1963 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2013-12-00
Death reason: unknown:
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1993-03-04
(dead † 1993-03-04)
stillborn EEP id: 9301
Locations - owners
Present / last location:La Barben Zoo (Parc Zoologique De La Barben), in France

Date of arrival

2011-11-18La Barben Zoo (Parc Zoologique De La Barben)
from Mallorca Safari Park

1997-03-05Mallorca Safari Park
from International Zoo Services (John Rens)

International Zoo Services (John Rens)
from Rotterdam Zoo

1989-04-27Rotterdam Zoo
from Rhenen Zoo

1967-10-05Rhenen Zoo
from Tilburg Zoo

1967-09-00Tilburg Zoo 1967-09-00
from Christ van Dijk

Christ van Dijk
from Soest Zoo

1966-00-00Soest Zoo
from E.A.G. van den Brink

Record history
History of updates2008-02-09

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Raja is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2013-12-00 at La Barben Zoo (Parc Zoologique De La Barben), in France, .


  1. (F) 1993-03-04 -- † 1993-03-04 stillborn EEP id: 9301


Raja was born wild 1963.

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Yesterday our vets removed the dead calf from Irma. She carried her fullgrown female baby for more then a year. The birth of Tonya and sucking Irma's nipples have started the birth process. Irma tried for more then a day to deliver the calf and she was exhausted. So we decided to do a surgery and to remove the dead calf. During the surgery under local anasthesia Irma was standing on her Feet all time. The vets opened her birth channel from the backside, just a few centimeters under her anus. They made an incision from ca. 15 cm. and tried to pull the dead calf out. Unfortunately without succes. So the team decided to devide the calf in pieces. Smaller pieces have been removed throuh this hole and the bigger pieces were pushed through her birth channel. Finally, after 12 hours work with a marvelous team, they managed the remove all pieces and could close the wound. Today Irma was doing well. She is receivig pain relief and the wound has been flushed several times.
This was the second time our vets did such a surgery. Years ago (in 1993) they used this method to remove a dead calf from Raja (now in Mallorca).

Rob Belterman, Rotterdam Zoo, 2009-02-12

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Raja, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at La Barben Zoo (Parc Zoologique De La Barben) in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 15 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1536. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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