Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Indira at Ueno Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Indira  
Nehru and Indira with an elephant named after her, which was given to Ueno zoo in Japan 1949.
Nehru and Indira with an elephant named after her, which was given to Ueno zoo in Japan 1949.

Alternative name:Indra



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place: in India unspecified location
Dead: 1983-08-11
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Ueno Zoo, in Japan

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1950-00-00Ueno Zoo
from Japan Travelling Zoo
Japan Travelling Zoo 1949-00-00
from Ueno Zoo
Ueno Zoo 1949-09-25
from Tokyo Harbour
Tokyo Harbour
from India unspecified port

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† Indira is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Ueno Zoo, in Japan, 1983-08-11. (see detailed list).


Indira was born wild at India unspecified location.

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Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India presented Ueno Zoo with an elephant named after his daughter, Indira, in 1949. In a letter he sent to the children of Tokyo, Prime Minister Nehru said, “Indira is a fine elephant, very well-behaved. . . I hope that when the children of India and the children of Japan will grow up, they will serve not only their great countries, but also the cause of peace and cooperation all over Asia and the world. So you must look upon this elephant, Indira by name, as a messenger of affection and goodwill from the children of India . . .”

He even promised to consider sending a companion for Indira.

Indiras arrival, being unloaded from a ship in the port.

Indira was also brought to other parts of Japan.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Indira, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ueno Zoo in Japan. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 August 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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