Katoto an African savanna elephant at Basel Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Katoto  
Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 21 years old
TaxidermyNatural History Museum of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Ruaha National Park
Capture: 1952
Dead date: 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

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† Katoto is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, of euthanised in 1972. Official death reason described as aggressive.

The remains of this elephant is within the Taxidermy collection at Natural History Museum of Basel, 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, (2020). Katoto, an African savanna at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 January 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3432. (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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