African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Katoto at Basel Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Katoto  
Taxidermy locationBasel Natural History Museum, Basel, Switzerland



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 21 years old
Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Ruaha National Park
Capture: 1952
Dead: 1972
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive
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 updated2012-03-06: 
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† Katoto is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, from euthanised 1972. Official death reason described as aggressive.

The Taxidermy remains of this animal is within the Taxidermy collection at Basel Natural History Museum, in Basel, Switzerland, since 1972-00-00.

(see detailed list).


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

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Became aggressive and dangerous 1972.

The skeleton is in Basel museum.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Katoto, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 July 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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