Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Belfast Zoo in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Sheila  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old
Born:* 1933 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1963
Death reason: euthanised: unmanageable due to dermatitis and impacted teeth
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Belfast Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1941-00-00Belfast Zoo
from Denise Austin

1941-00-00Denise Austin
from Belfast Zoo

Record history
History of updates2023-10-27

Latest document update2022-05-05 13:02:31
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† Sheila is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1963 at Belfast Zoo, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as unmanageable due to dermatitis and impacted teeth.


Sheila was born wild 1933.

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The baby elephant Sheila dodged the death list in Belfast Zoo and was re-housed by a woman who lived near the zoo and kept her in a back garden. The identity of the adoptive parent is a mystery. She was known only as "the elephant angel".
Who gave a home to elephant Sheila?, 2009-03-23

Denise Austin kept the calf, called Shiela, at her home on the Whitewell Road when Belfast was being bombed in the blitz of 1941. [...] Ms Austin died in 1997.
Baby elephant kept in Belfast backyard is inspiration for book

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sheila, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Belfast Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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