Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ueno Zoo in Japan

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Indira  dead elephant
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:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ueno Zoo, in Japan

Date of arrival

1950-00-00Ueno Zoo
from Japan Travelling Zoo

1949-00-00Japan Travelling Zoo
from Ueno Zoo

1949-09-25Ueno Zoo
from Tokyo Harbour

1949-09-24Tokyo Harbour
from Port of Calcutta

1949-08-15Port of Calcutta
from India unspecified location

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History of updates2020-11-03

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


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.

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

Indira in Ueno ZooIndira being escorted from the quayside to the warehouse before she was taken to the Tokyo Zoo

Indira in Ueno Zoo
Indira was also brought to other parts of Japan.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Indira, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ueno Zoo in Japan. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 July 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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