Ilona an Asian elephant at Karlsruhe Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Ilona  
Ilona. Heidelberg Zoo 2007. Photo: © Stefan Aspegren
Ilona. Heidelberg Zoo 2007. Photo: © Stefan Aspegren

Alternative name:Lone (Aalborg)


EEP nr8307


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Born:* 1962-11-00 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 2014-03-31
Death reason: euthanised: artrosis
Present / last location:Karlsruhe Zoo, in Germany

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2009-11-19Karlsruhe Zoo
from Heidelberg Zoo
Heidelberg Zoo 2004-09-28
from Hannover Zoo
Hannover Zoo 1983-02-07
from Cirkus Trapez (Bernhard Casselly/Bernhard Kaselowsky)
Cirkus Trapez (Bernhard Casselly/Bernhard Kaselowsky) 1983-00-00
from Braunschweig Zoo (Arche Noah)
Braunschweig Zoo (Arche Noah)
from Grömitz Zoo (Zoo Arche Noah)
Grömitz Zoo (Zoo Arche Noah) 1979-00-00
from Aalborg Zoo (Aalborg Zoologiske Have)

Document updated2009-09-02: Text
2009-11-20: transfer
2010-10-02: prev location
2014-03-31: euthanised
2020-05-09: Birth year 1969 not possible, since she was imported to Ahlborg in 1963, therefore birth year updated to 1962-11. source: Ahlborg Zoo.
2020-11-06: +picture
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† Ilona is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Karlsruhe Zoo, in Germany, of euthanised in 2014-03-31. Official death reason described as artrosis. (see detailed list).


Ilona was born wild 1962-11-00. and imported 1963

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Ilona was imported 1963 by Allaborg Zoo in Denmark, relocated from there to Grömitz Zoo 1979, and from there to Braunschweig Zoo (Arche Noah). From Braunschweig Zoo she was sold to circus and toured until sold to Hannover Zoo 1983. In Hannover she was mated several times by the bull Siporex, but never became pregnant.

Ilona and Calvin in the background, July 2004. Photo: Jan Jakobi.

2004: September 2004 Ilona was relocated from the Hannover Zoo to Heidelberg after the births of Califa and Farina.
In 2009, the Heidelberg Zoo's plans to rebuild their elephant exhibit rescheduled the transfer of their two Asian females Ilona and Jenny from September to Karlsruhe due to workings at the exhibit.

2014.03.31: Due to Arthrosis Ilona was on painkilling medicals for many years. The last weeks the dosis had to be increased, and out from welfare grounds, a decision was taken to release her from pain.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Ilona, an Asian elephant at Karlsruhe Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 June 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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