Zooella (Gayle) an Asian elephant at John Ball Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Zooella (Gayle)  



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ maybe about 23 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1955?
Birth place:
Dead date: 1978
Death reason: euthanised:
Present / last location:John Ball Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
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1965-00-00John Ball Zoo

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† Zooella (Gayle) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at John Ball Zoo, in United States, of euthanised in 1978. (see detailed list).


Zooella (Gayle) was born 1955?.

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When she arrived in Grand Rapids, she was estimated to be 10 to 12 years old.

She was euthanized after losing 1,000 of her 6,000 pounds, her health spiraling rapidly after her beloved trainer and handler took a sick leave of his own, zoo staff said.

Some attributed the elephant's swift decline to her separation from her trainer, Harry Maxim. But tests after her death revealed what looked like the signs of a stroke, zoo staff said.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Zooella (Gayle), an Asian elephant at John Ball Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 April 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=16518. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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