Louie (Old Diamond) an African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) at Knoxville Zoo

☨ Louie (Old Diamond)
ID nr:   SSP Number: 11 - 
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 34 years old
Dead date: 1980-09-10
Death reason: disease: infection associated, generalized toxicity; buried
Location:Knoxville Zoo
ArrivalKnoxville Zoo 1962-00-00
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1955-07-00
from Cecil R. Montgomery
Cecil R. Montgomery 1955-00-00
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)
Born:* 1946 wild
Capture: 1947,
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 2 babies

  1. (F) 1978-03-02 -- † 2014-06-17 Little Diamond, SSP nr: 170
  2. (F) 1978-05-16 -- † 1986-03-25 Hillery, SSP nr: 171
Document updated2008-12-25: SSP, Birth, Death
2009-11-24: text
Fred Zeehandelaar imported a bush elephant from Tanganyika (or Kenya), but he was only a punk. We knew him later as Diamond, and he was delivered to RBBB during its 1955 date in Detroit.
Richard Reynolds

The African elephant "Diamond", was trained by Hugo Schmitt 1957 in Sarasota and well remembered from his latter days in the Knoxville Zoo.
William Buckles Woodcock



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Koehl, D., (2020). Louie (Old Diamond), an African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) at Knoxville Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2469. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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