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

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Idunda  dead elephant



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Ruaha National Park
Capture: 1952-09-21
Imported:1952 by Basel Zoo
Dead: 1988-01-16
Death reason: disease: Salmonella infection
Total: 1 babies

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

Date of arrival

1956-00-00Basel Zoo
from Circus Knie

1956-00-00Circus Knie
from Basel Zoo

1952-11-01Basel Zoo
from August Künzler Big Game Ranch

1952-00-00August Künzler Big Game Ranch
from Ruaha National Park

Record history
History of updates2023-08-31

Latest document update2021-09-18 17:52:15
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† Idunda is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1988-01-16 at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, . Official death reason described as Salmonella infection.


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


Idunda was born wild 1951 at Ruaha National Park, captured 1952-09-21 . and imported 1952 by Basel Zoo

Comments / pictures

Idunda was object for early experiments with Artificial Insemination.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Idunda, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Dr. Peter Dollinger, Zoo Office Bern, Switzerland.
  • Peter Stolk, Netherlands
  • Page 158-64,
    Jumbo auf dem Drahtseil - Elefanten dressuren von gestern und heute by Gerhard Zapf
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling

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