Cosi (Bud) an African forest elephant at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

☨ Cosi (Bud)
ID nr:   SSP Number: 116 - 
Species: African forest elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 20 years old
Dead date: 1991-11-10
Death reason: disease: intestinal blockage
Location:Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
ArrivalColumbus Zoo and Aquarium 1972-06-19
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
Born:* 1971 wild Sierra Leone
Capture: 1972 ,
Document updated2008-12-25: New elephant RE
2010-03-28: species changed to LC
2010-04-09: Text
2011-02-21: Death RE
He had a broken tusk, so the confirmation of what remained could have been influenced by that break, as often happens. The remaining tusk was very straight, but did not point straight down - not a deal breaker. His overall size at 19 years of age was typical of a cyclotis male, and the sweep and shape of his ear was very consistent with cyclotis. He was imported out of Sierra Leone. He also looked very much like the cyclotis I saw in Garamba, who were the remnants of the group from Gangala-na-Bodio the Belgians training center in then-Zaire.
Harry Peachey, Columbus Zoo, 2010

"Bud, an African bull elephant, died of an intestinal obstruction in 1991 at age 20 after living at the zoo for 19 years. Parts of his body were taken to OSU's veterinary school for study. His skull was kept at the zoo for educational purposes."

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Koehl, D., (2020). Cosi (Bud), an African forest at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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