African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Thoiry Zoo in France

♂ Benjamin
Alternative name: Ben, Ebeni


EEP nr8004


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 40 years old

People killed:1: elephantkeeper Dougie Robertson at Monde Sauvage Safari, 1995
Born:* 1984 wild
Birth place: in Zimbabwe unspecified location
Capture: 1985?
Imported:1985? by Firma Ruhe
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Thoiry Zoo, in France

Date of arrival

2002-10-02Thoiry Zoo
from Howletts Wild Animal Park

1995-04-27Howletts Wild Animal Park
from Monde Sauvage Safari, Aywaille

1989-03-23Monde Sauvage Safari, Aywaille
from Tuddern safari park

1988-06-30Tuddern safari park
from Hodenhagen Serengeti-Park

1985-04-20Hodenhagen Serengeti-Park
from Zimbabwe unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2010-09-25: new record
2018-05-10: death victim
2021-09-18: Importer Firma Ruhe

Latest document update2021-09-18 07:34:11
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Benjamin is a living Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Thoiry Zoo, in France.

Benjamin arrived in 2002-10-02 to the Thoiry Zoo, relocated from the Howletts Wild Animal Park, in United Kingdom.


Benjamin lives together with 2 other elephants at the Thoiry Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Jabu born 2013-05-21
  2. Moyo born 2013-05-13


Benjamin was born wild 1984 at Zimbabwe unspecified location, captured 1985? . and imported 1985? by Firma Ruhe

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Contradictory records:

EEG state birth year 1981.

1995-04-02: Ebeni killed the elephantkeeper Dougie Robertson at Monde Sauvage Safari

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Benjamin, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Thoiry Zoo in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 March 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Peter Stolk
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling

  • African Elephant Studbook, Europe Regional EEP
    by Amelia Terkel, Zoological center Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Israel

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