African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Toronto Zoo in Canada

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Tantor  dead elephant
Photo: Wayne Jackson, Canada.
Photo: Wayne Jackson, Canada.
Taxidermy locationRoyal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada


SSP nr343


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 20 years old
Body height: 3.41 meter, 11.2 feet
Body weight: 6500.00 kg, 14300.00 lbs
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1971
Dead: 1989-08-02
Death reason: anesthesia: heart failure
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 1980-10-18 Thika SSP id: 387

2. Born 1983-08-25
(dead † 2009-03-17)
Tumpe SSP id: 405

3. Born 1984-06-28
(dead † 1994-07-05)
Toronto SSP id: 409

4. Born 1984-09-13
(dead † 1984-09-15)
T.W. SSP id: 411
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Toronto Zoo, in Canada

Date of arrival

1974-07-30Toronto Zoo
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)

Record history
History of updates2020-11-08

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tantor is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1989-08-02 at Toronto Zoo, in Canada, . Official death reason described as heart failure.

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, in Toronto, Canada, since 1989-00-00.


Total: 4 babies

  1. (F) 1980-10-18 Thika SSP id: 387
  2. (F) 1983-08-25 -- † 2009-03-17 Tumpe SSP id: 405
  3. (F) 1984-06-28 -- † 1994-07-05 Toronto SSP id: 409
  4. (F) 1984-09-13 -- † 1984-09-15 T.W. SSP id: 411


Tantor was born wild 1969, captured 1971 .

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"Tantor, 20, died 1989 from Heart failure shortly after surgery for tusk extraction due to infection."

His full Skeleton is held at the Royal Ontario Museum (in storage) while his preserved Heart is on display at the Ontario Science Centre. He was measured at 11ft 2in tall and 14,300 lbs at his death (20 yrs old).

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tantor, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Toronto Zoo in Canada. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2120. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories1989 deaths | Royal Ontario Museum Taxidermy | 1969 births | Born in Mozambique | Breeding bulls | 1971 captures | Elephants from Toronto Zoo | Canada | African savanna elephants

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