Omari an African savanna elephant at Basel Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Omari  
Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 14 years old
Id number
Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Ruaha National Park
Capture: 1952
Dead date: 1965
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1966-01-13
(dead † 1982-11-30)
Present / last location:Basel Zoo, in Switzerland

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1956-00-00Basel Zoo
from Circus Knie
Circus Knie 1956-00-00
from Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo 1952-11-01
from August Künzler Big Game Ranch
August Künzler Big Game Ranch 1952-00-00
from Ruaha National Park

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† Omari is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, of euthanised in 1965. Official death reason described as aggressive. (see detailed list).


Total: 1 babies

  1. (F) 1966-01-13 -- † 1982-11-30 Ota


Omari was born wild 1951 at Ruaha National Park, captured 1952 . and imported 1952

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Attacked the elephant keeper in December 1965.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Omari, an African savanna at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 January 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Dr. Peter Dollinger, Zoo Office Bern, Switzerland.
  • Page 158-64, Jumbo auf dem Drahtseil - Elefanten dressuren von gestern und heute by Gerhard Zapf
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger


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