African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Basel Zoo in Switzerland

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Beira  dead elephant


EEP nr5001


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 48 years old
Born:* 1950 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1998-05-28
Death reason: unknown: arthrosis
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Basel Zoo, in Switzerland

Date of arrival

1952-11-04Basel Zoo
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

Record history
History of updates2012-03-07: corr date of arr. basel

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Beira is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1998-05-28 at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, . Official death reason described as arthrosis.


Beira was born wild 1950.

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Female LA Beira, according to your data base born in 1949 in Mozambique, was born in 1950 in Tanzania according to information provided by Basel Zoo. She died on 28. 05. 1998, at age 48 due to arthrosis. She had arrived at Basel on 04.11.1952 (your data base says 1953-00-00) from Hagenbeck. As I recall it she was of about the same size as Ruaha and Idunda, i.e. year of birth 1950 is more likely than 1949. Regarding her origin, I always believed she was from Mozambique. At least she looked quite different from the other 4 elephants which had been caught in northern Tanzania.
Dr. Peter Dollinger, Zoo Office Bern, Switzerland

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Beira, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Dr. Peter Dollinger, Zoo Office Bern, Switzerland
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling
  • Peter Stolk, Netherlands
  • ISIS SPARKS list
  • African Elephant Studbook, Europe Regional EEP
    by Amelia Terkel, Zoological center Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Israel

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