Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Houston Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Hans  dead elephant
Hans, Nellie and keeper Tom Baylor
Hans, Nellie and keeper Tom Baylor


SSP nr435


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 63 years old
Born:* 1916 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1979-04-27
Death reason: unknown:
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Present / last location:Houston Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1925-08-05Houston Zoo
from Ellis Stanley Joseph menagerie

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† Hans is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1979-04-27 at Houston Zoo, in United States, .


Hans was born wild 1916.

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In 1944, a news article described Hermann Park zoo elephant Hans as one of the largest bulls in captivity. For several years preceding, he was responsible for injuring several zoo workers. After the death of exhibit mate Nellie in 1943, it was reported that Hans developed a diminished diet, only consuming a bale of hay per day.

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Hans, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Houston Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3851. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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