African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) at
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Peter  dead elephant



Species:African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 2 years old
Status:Lost to follow-up
Born:* 1927-01 wild
Birth place: in Sierra Leone unspecified location
Capture: 1927-08-30
Imported:1928 by W. B. Stanley
Dead: 1929-08-01
Death location: Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
Death reason: trauma: left humerus was broken by a black rhinoceros in London Zoo
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1929-07-30Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
from London Zoo

1928-08-11London Zoo
from W. B. Stanley

1927-08-30W. B. Stanley
from Sierra Leone unspecified location

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History of updates2021-03-04

Latest document update2023-07-12 15:43:27
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† Peter is a dead Lost to follow-up Male ♂ African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), , who died 1929-08-01 at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as left humerus was broken by a black rhinoceros in London Zoo.


Peter was born wild 1927-01 at Sierra Leone unspecified location, captured 1927-08-30 . and imported 1928 by W. B. Stanley, Ship

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Brooklyn Times Union 02/27/1929
Peter in Whipsnade Wild Animal ParkWhen the baby of the Elephant house of the famous zoo in London, England, was 18 months old, he recently measured less than 3 foot tall at the shoulder. Peter gifts children an idea for a baby elephant really is. Tomorrow we should reproduce a big fellow. Peter is tame and London children ride about the enclosure on his back.

Brooklyn Times Union 02/27/1929

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Peter was captured in Sierra Leone by Captain W. B. Stanley on the 30th August 1927 and kept as a "pet" by him until he presented the animal to London Zoo, where it arrived 11th August 1928. The animal is recorded to have been born in January 1927. Peter' left humerus was broken by a black rhinoceros whilst at London so he was transferred to Whipsnade 0n 30th July 1929 where he died on the 1st August.

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Peter, African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) located at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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