African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Benjamin at Thoiry Zoo

♂ Benjamin
Alternative name:Ben, Ebeni


EEP nr8004


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 37 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 (Löwensafari Tüddern)

1988-06-30Tuddern safari park (Löwensafari Tüddern)
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 Thoiry Zoo, in France.

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

In Thoiry Zoo, Benjamin lives as single living elephant at this location


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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Benjamin, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Thoiry Zoo in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 September 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Peter Stolk
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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


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