Sabu (Sabi)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Josef Gärtner in Yugoslavia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Sabu (Sabi)  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown age

People killed:4
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Josef Gärtner, in Yugoslavia

Date of arrival

1979-00-00Josef Gärtner
from Circorama (Liana Orfei)

Circorama (Liana Orfei)
from Frejus Safari Park

Frejus Safari Park
from Cirque Pinder-Charles Spiessert

Record history
History of updates2011-06-11: prev location
2012-11-16: prev locations

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Sabu (Sabi) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Josef Gärtner, in Yugoslavia, .


Sabu (Sabi) was born wild .

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Sabu was sold from Circus Pinder to Frejus, and then she was transfered to different zoos and circuses in Italy, during which time she killed in the zoo two persons. By circus Liana Orfei she attacked an elephant keeper who is bound to wheel chair. After this people were afraid of her, and she was presented to Josef Gärtner when he came back from Sweden in 1979.
1982: Killed Chiara Gärtner 1982.
1996: Killed Josef Gärtner 1996 in Carpentras

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Sabu (Sabi), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Josef Gärtner in Yugoslavia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 8 December 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Christian Gärtner

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