Ziggy (Herman)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Brookfield Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Ziggy (Herman)  dead elephant


SSP nr453


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 56 years old
Born:* 1919 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1975-10-27
Death reason: accident: fell into dry moat
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Brookfield Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1936-07-28Brookfield Zoo
from Singer Midgets (Leopold von Singer)

1928-00-00Singer Midgets (Leopold von Singer)
from Leipzig Zoo

1927-00-00Leipzig Zoo
from Singer Midgets (Leopold von Singer)

1922-00-00Singer Midgets (Leopold von Singer)
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

1922-00-00Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Florenz Ziegfeld

1922-00-00Florenz Ziegfeld 1922-00-00
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Record history
History of updates2020-10-24

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
Relevant literature
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases,

† Ziggy (Herman) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1975-10-27 at Brookfield Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as fell into dry moat.


Ziggy (Herman) was born wild 1919.

Comments / pictures

Records about Ziggy (Herman) from Bob Cline

Male Asian
Florenz Zeigfeld - named him Ziggy

1936 to 1937 - Singer's Midgets
Brookfield Zoo
Died Oct. 27, 1975

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

After 1941, Ziggy was uncontrollable, and could not be kept outside, so he stayed inside his stable from 1941-1971, when through donations, the facilities were rebuilt in a way, so he could safely have acces to an outside enclosure.

1975: Fell into the eight-foot dry Moat inside the stable, and was severly injured. Lewis write in his book, "I Loved Rogues," Stretching as far as he could, he lashed at a keeper across the moat, lost his balance and pitched in headfirst.

On October 28, 1975, he died.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ziggy (Herman), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Brookfield Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 May 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3230. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:


Relevant links

Internal relevant links

External relevant links (Opens in new window)

Search more on the web for Ziggy (Herman)

(The name Ziggy (Herman) is already submitted into the link, just click on the link for relevant results)

Categories1975 deaths | 1919 births | Elephants from Brookfield Zoo | United States | Asian elephants

About this documentThis document was updated: 2020-10-18 06:25:24 with valid HTML5 Valid CSS

Elephant Encyclopedia and database

Established 1995
Established 2006
Your ip:
Kulen Elephant Forest