Isah (Isjah)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Tilburg Zoo in Netherlands

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Isah (Isjah)  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Freight:by ship from
Dead: 1944-12-14
Death reason: unknown: because of the war
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Tilburg Zoo, in Netherlands

Date of arrival

1933-10-00Tilburg Zoo
from Christ van Dijk

1933-10-00Christ van Dijk
from Arnhem Zoo (Burgers Zoo)

1933-09-19Arnhem Zoo (Burgers Zoo)
from Dutch East India Company

Record history
History of updates2009-08-08: Text
2009-12-22: previous locations

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† Isah (Isjah) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1944-12-14 at Tilburg Zoo, in Netherlands, . Official death reason described as because of the war.


Isah (Isjah) was born wild . and imported 1933, by ship from

Comments / pictures

Probably born in Sumatra. She walked in 1933 with a military Mahout 500 kilometers through the forests of Atjeh (Sumatra) to a harbor were she was shipped to Holland.

In Arnhem, Isah was kept together with the young bull Willy. Keepers were unable to successfully introduce the two, therefore Isah was transferred the next month to Tilburg. There her name was changed to Isjah.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Isah (Isjah), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Tilburg Zoo in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 March 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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