Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Circus Alberti in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Shenka  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 48 years old
Born:* 1959 wild
Birth place: in Thailand unspecified location
Dead: 2007-12-23
Death location: Circus Alberti
Death reason: disease: heart failure
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Alberti, in Germany

Date of arrival

1993-09-14Circus Alberti
from Erfurt Zoo

1993-06-29Erfurt Zoo
from Circus Alberti

1993-06-22Circus Alberti
from Erfurt Zoo

1993-04-22Erfurt Zoo
from Circus Alberti

1964-00-00Circus Alberti
from Firma Ruhe

Firma Ruhe
from Thailand unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2021-11-11

Latest document update2021-09-08 04:09:29
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† Shenka is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2007-12-23 at Circus Alberti, in Germany, . Official death reason described as heart failure.


Shenka was born wild 1959 at Thailand unspecified location.

Comments / pictures

Shenka in Circus Alberti1993: Shenka was very sick and weak, and was brought to Zoo Erfurt after three weeks when he refused to eat.

Shenka in Circus AlbertiAfter getting daily infusions with one liter, 3 times/day, he became better.

After three weeks care, he ate the first Banana.

Later he was returned to the owner, where he died 14 years later. Before his death, he was used in the film "Gladiator", and twice his semen, was unsuccesfully used for insemination of two female elephants.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Shenka, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Alberti in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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