Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Karlsruhe Zoo in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ilona  dead elephant
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: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 2014-03-31
Death reason: euthanised: artrosis
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Karlsruhe Zoo, in Germany

Date of arrival

2009-11-19Karlsruhe Zoo
from Heidelberg Zoo

2004-09-28Heidelberg Zoo
from Hannover Zoo

1983-02-07Hannover Zoo
from Bernhard Caselly

1983-00-00Bernhard Caselly
from Braunschweig Zoo (Arche Noah)

Braunschweig Zoo (Arche Noah)
from Grömitz Zoo (Zoo Arche Noah)

1979-00-00Grömitz Zoo (Zoo Arche Noah) 1979-00-00
from Aalborg Zoo (Aalborg Zoologiske Have)

Record history
History of updates2009-09-02: 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
2022-03-31: Born in Asia

Latest document update2022-03-31 17:27:33
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† Ilona is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2014-03-31 at Karlsruhe Zoo, in Germany, . Official death reason described as artrosis.


Ilona was born wild 1962-11-00 at Asia unspecified location. 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 in Karlsruhe Zoo
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 list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Ilona, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Karlsruhe Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 2 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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