Idunda an African savanna elephant at Basel Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Idunda  
Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Id number
Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Ruaha National Park
Capture: 1952
Dead date: 1988-01-16
Death reason: disease: Salmonella infection
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

Document updated2009-03-21: Death date
2012-03-06: corr birth year
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† Idunda is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, of disease in 1988-01-16. Official death reason described as Salmonella infection. (see detailed list).


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


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

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Idunda was object for early experiments with Artificial Insemination.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Idunda, an African savanna at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 19 January 2021 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
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger


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