Ganesha (Swethavarna) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Mysore Zoo

☨ Ganesha (Swethavarna)
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Status:foot problems
Dead date: 2000-06-00
Death reason: age: arthritis
Location:Mysore Zoo
ArrivalMysore Zoo 1951-00-00
from Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur
Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur 1949-00-00
from Dubare forest
Born:* wild India
Capture: 1949 ,
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 1 babies

  1. (M) 1992-05-25 Chamundi (Magnum), EEP nr: 9207
Document updated2009-10-14
2018-10-01: link to EleWiki submitted
Ganesha was maybe partial albino, every hair on his body was white, the eyes more yellowish than brown, and his skin rather light, almost pinkish. During late 80s, his feet and nails started to get worse, most probably because he was not taken on walks and processions as much as earlier.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Ganesha (Swethavarna), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Mysore Zoo in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Dan Koehl

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