Abu an African savanna elephant at Abu Camp

 ☨ ♂ Abu  
Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 42 years old
Id numberSSP Number: (503)
Born:* 1960 wild
Birth place: in Kruger National Park
Capture: 1960
Dead date: 2002
Death reason: : foot problems and heart attack
Present / last location:Abu Camp, in Botswana

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1990-00-00Abu Camp
from Randall Moore
Randall Moore 1989-00-00
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Grand Prairie
Lion Country Safari, Inc - Grand Prairie 1962-00-00
from Kruger National Park

Document updated2009-12-31: 
2012-05-24: Previous locations, SSP RE
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† Abu is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Abu Camp, in Botswana, of in 2002. Official death reason described as foot problems and heart attack. (see detailed list).


Abu was born wild 1960 at Kruger National Park, captured 1960 .

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Starred in the film Circles in a Forest.
Starred in Clint Eastwood's White Hunter, Black Heart, where he became known in Hollywood as "one-take Abu".
Became internationally recognised through a commercial for the computer company ISM.
2002: Suffered a severe leg injury in a confrontation with a wild bull, which forced him to put all weight on his other front leg, which led to a fatal heart attack.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Abu, an African savanna at Abu Camp in Botswana. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 January 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3541. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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