Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Rio de Janeiro Zoo (Vila Isabel) in Brazil

This record may be a duplicate record with Bosco at Unknown
dead elephant ☨ ♂ Bosco  dead elephant
Taxidermy locationNational Museum of Brazil, , Brazil



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown age, unknown age
Body height: 2.74 meter, 9.0 feet
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1893-00-00
Death location: Rio de Janeiro Zoo (Vila Isabel)
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Rio de Janeiro Zoo (Vila Isabel), in Brazil

Date of arrival

1888-11-00Rio de Janeiro Zoo (Vila Isabel)
from Port of Santos

Port of Santos
from Asia unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2023-08-20

Latest document update2023-08-20 13:00:52
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This record may be a duplicate record with Bosco at Unknown

† Bosco is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1893-00-00 at Rio de Janeiro Zoo (Vila Isabel), in Brazil, .

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at National Museum of Brazil, in , Brazil, since 1893-00-00.


Bosco was born wild at Asia unspecified location.

Comments / pictures

Rio's second zoo, was located in Vila Isabel until it was closed in the 1940s.

The first elephant held there was Bosco, a male Indian elephant which most likely came from the wild. He died in 1893 and was sent to the National Museum by the baron of Drummond, his owner. I believe we will not know anything about him so easily because his remains were likely destroyed after the fire which hit the museum in 2018.

Enzo Henriques

"Mr. baron of Drummond ceded to the National Museum the skin and Skeleton of Bosco, the elephant, died at our zoo a couple of days ago. The animal in question was of the Indian Species (Elephas indicus) and with the African specimen (Elephas africanus) already held by the museum, make the sole existing. two Species of elephant represented."
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Bosco, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Rio de Janeiro Zoo (Vila Isabel) in Brazil. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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