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

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Katoto  dead elephant
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: 1952-09-21
Imported:1952 by Basel Zoo
Dead: 1972
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive
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 17:54:40
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† Katoto is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1972 at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, . Official death reason described as aggressive.

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


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

Comments / pictures

Became aggressive and dangerous 1972.

The Skeleton is in Basel museum.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Katoto, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 June 2024 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
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling

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Categories1972 deaths | Basel Natural History Museum Taxidermy | 1951 births | Born in Tanzania | 1952 captures | 1952 imports | Elephants from Basel Zoo | Switzerland | African savanna elephants

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