African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica in Brazil

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Joca  dead elephant
Joca displayed as taxidermy specimen.
Joca as taxidermy specimen. This image is inline deepink from an external server, inline linking does not directly infringe copyright but can be removed on request.
Taxidermy locationPontificia Catholic University Museum, Belo Horizonte, Brazil



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 20 years old
Born:* 1975 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1995-10-03
Death reason: disease: ingested a bottle pet thus causing an infection in the digestive and respiratory pipe
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 1983-05-23
(dead † 1983-05-23)

2. Born 1987-07-06 Axé

3. Born 1992-04-19 Chocolate

4. Born 1996-09-17
(dead † 1996-09-17)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica, in Brazil

Date of arrival

1977-08-00Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica
Record history
History of updates2009-01-28: New elephant
2009-08-02: country of origin, birth, arrival and death year, death reason, picture on skeleton 
2010-05-22: corrected birth year
2021-07-05: Taxidermy

Latest document update2021-07-04 19:03:25
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† Joca is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1995-10-03 at Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica, in Brazil, . Official death reason described as ingested a bottle pet thus causing an infection in the digestive and respiratory pipe.

Taxidermy locationThe Taxidermy remains of this animal is within the Taxidermy collection at Pontificia Catholic University Museum, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, since 1995-00-00.


Total: 4 babies

  1. () 1983-05-23 -- † 1983-05-23 stillborn
  2. (F) 1987-07-06 Axé
  3. (M) 1992-04-19 Chocolate
  4. () 1996-09-17 -- † 1996-09-17 stillborn


Joca was born wild 1975.

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Joca was claimed to be the only male African elephant to ever breed in South America.

Joca died from a toxemic or septicemic shock due to an inflamatory pulmonary process - cronic bronchopneumonia, with acute relapse focus.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Joca, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica in Brazil. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 May 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories1995 deaths | Pontificia Catholic University Museum Taxidermy | 1975 births | Born in Botswana | Breeding bulls | Elephants from Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica | Brazil | African savanna elephants

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