African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) at
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Gympy  dead elephant
Gympy. Cincinnati Zoo. Photo courtesy of Don Prout
Gympy. Cincinnati Zoo. Photo courtesy of Don Prout


SSP nr309


Species:African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 25 years old
Born:* 1929 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1954-04-23
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in United States

Date of arrival

1932-00-00Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
from Firma Ruhe

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† Gympy is a dead Female ♀ African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), , who died 1954-04-23 at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in United States, .


Gympy was born wild 1929.

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In the info that I have the zoo called her a "Pygmy" African elephant. Came to the zoo in 1932. I have her yard sign. It states that at age 7 she was 32" and 300 lbs. At Maturity she was only 6 tall and weighed 2,500 lbs. She died 4/24/1954.
Val Nastold Jr., Elephant Keeper Cincinnati Zoo, 2009-03-18

This is possibly one of the elephants that were caught for Ruhe in Chad in 1930.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Gympy, African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) located at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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