African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Virginia Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Monica  dead elephant
Taxidermy locationWashington National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, United States


Museum accession number NMNH USNM 590941
Lab Code W2011-0055
SSP nr128


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Characteristics: skull, skeleton, glandular tissue from head, cross section of the trunk
Body weight: 4500.00 kg, 9900.00 lbs
Born:* 1973 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2011-04-26
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Virginia Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1976-07-27Virginia Zoo
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Record history
History of updates2010-11-12: weight
2011-04-09: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Text RE
2011-04-28: dead
2011-04-28: new weight

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† Monica is a dead sick Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2011-04-26 at Virginia Zoo, in United States, .

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Washington National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC, United States, since 2011-04-26.


Monica was born wild 1973.

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04/08/2011 Monica is sick:,0,7011716.story

Before she became sick, Monica weighed about 9,900 pounds

Necropsy was conducted by National Zoological Park (NZP) staff. Cross section of Trunk made by Joy Reidenberg was returned to be kept in collection.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Monica, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Virginia Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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