Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Sydney Zoo in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Gandhi  dead elephant
Gandhi displayed as museum specimen.
Gandhi as museum specimen.
Taxidermy locationMacleay Museum, Sydney, Australia


ASMP nr28


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 56 years old
Born:* 1912 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1968-04-19
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Sydney Zoo, in Australia

Date of arrival

1950-05-15Sydney Zoo
from Bullen's Circus

Record history
History of updates2021-11-19

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† Gandhi is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1968-04-19 at Sydney Zoo, in Australia, .

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Macleay Museum, in Sydney, Australia.


Gandhi was born wild 1912 at Asia unspecified location.

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Gandhi in Sydney Zoo
Photo of Gandhis head at Macleay Museum, Sydney University.

After his death, Gandhi was decapitated by Mark Jolly in 1968, and exhibited at the Dental Hospital, later at the Macleay Museum at Sydney University, where it hangs above a staircase to this day.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Gandhi, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Sydney Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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