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Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Lambton Lion Park in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Duchess  dead elephant


EEP nr6110


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 12 years old
Born:* 1968 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1980-12-26
Death reason: disease: peritonitis
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Lambton Lion Park, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1975-05-07Lambton Lion Park
from Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo
from Circus Hoffman

Record history
History of updates2011-11-13: 

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Duchess is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1980-12-26 at Lambton Lion Park, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as peritonitis.


Duchess was born wild 1968.

Comments / pictures

The elephant,Duchess, from Hoffman's went to Blackpool zoo for a short time in the 70's.Hoffmans would 'rest' their Herd at the zoo when playing at the Tower.She easily escaped the exhibit and was transfered to Lambton Lion Park in the North East of England which was created by Jimmy Chipperfield with the Lambton family witin the grounds of Lambton Castle,County Durham.She died in 1980 of peritonitis from supposedly eating glass.
Glenn Sullivan

Duchess died at Lambton Lion Park on 26th December 1980 from peritonitis, which was reportedly caused by eating the glass from a broken window in the elephant house.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Duchess, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Lambton Lion Park in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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