African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Chester Zoo in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Motty  dead elephant
Motty displayed as museum specimen.
Motty as museum specimen.

Taxidermy locationLondon Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown age
Born:* 1978-07-11 captive-born
Birth place: in Chester Zoo
Dead: 1978-07-21
Death reason: premature: umbilical infection
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Chester Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1978-07-11Chester Zoo
Record history
History of updates2023-12-17

Latest document update2022-04-06 19:15:46
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† Motty is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1978-07-21 at Chester Zoo, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as umbilical infection.

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at London Natural History Museum, in London, United Kingdom, since 1978-00-00.


Motty was born captive-born 1978-07-11 at Chester Zoo.

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Named Motty after George Mottershead, who founded Chester Zoo in 1930, when he brought his family to live in Oakfield House at Upton-by-Chester in Cheshire. (Paul A. Rees)

Motty was thought in the past, to be the only crossbreed ever between African and Asian elephant. More recent Research indicate that the The straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus), an extinct elephant whose closest extant relative is the African forest elephant, interbred with the Asian elephant, as recovered DNA has shown (Callaway, se sources below).

Read more about Motty at Motty the elephant crossbreed: Loxodonta africana x Elephas maximus

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Motty, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Chester Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Derek Lyon, prev. Vet Chester Zoo
  • Rees, P. A. (2001). A history of the National Elephant Centre, Chester Zoo. International Zoo News. 48(30: 170-183.
  • Callaway, E. (2016-09-16). "Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2016.20622.

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