Ganesh Vijay
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Twycross Zoo in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Ganesh Vijay  dead elephant


EEP nr200913


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 2 years old
Born:* 2009-08-06 captive-born
Birth place: in Twycross Zoo
Birth weight 100.00 kgs, 220.00 lbs

Parents: Emmett (Tundi) x ♀ Noor Jahan
Dead: 2011-04-13?
Death reason: euthanised: EEHV - Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV5A)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Twycross Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

2009-08-06Twycross Zoo
Record history
History of updates2009-08-09:�New elephant
2012-10-26:�herpes case
2016-01-04:eep nr 
2018-12-07: herpes species EEHV5A

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Ganesh Vijay is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2011-04-13? at Twycross Zoo, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as EEHV - Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV5A).


Ganesh Vijay was born captive-born 2009-08-06 at Twycross Zoo.


Parents of Ganesh Vijay are: ♂ Emmett (Tundi) (father) and ♀ Noor Jahan (mother).

Siblings through the father Emmett (Tundi):

  1. 2002-02-02 -- † 2002-02-02 () stillborn
  2. 2002-07-01 -- † 2002-07-01 () stillborn
  3. 2004-03-16 -- † 2006-12-17 (F) Aneena
  4. 2004-07-01 -- † 2004-07-01 (M) stillborn
  5. 2004-09-25 -- † 2017-04-00 (M) Euan (Toomai)
  6. 2005-12-11(M) Gabi (Boon-Chooi)
  7. 2007-01-19 -- † 2009-05-17 (F) Leelee (Bets)
  8. 2008-01-17 -- † 2009-05-03 (M) Donaldson (Riddle)
  9. 2009-07-23(F) Geetha
  10. 2010-04-12(M) Ned (George Ketchum)
  11. 2011-10-18(M) Scott
  12. 2013-10-13 -- † 2015-06-05 (M) Max
  13. 2014-09-16(M) Sam
  14. 2016-06-10(F) Elizabeth

Siblings through the mother Noor Jahan:

  1. 2014-03-04(F) Esha


Ganesh Vijays ancestral Pedigree:

Ganesh Vijay

Sire (f):
Emmett (Tundi)

Born: 1991-07-10

Sire ff:
Indy (Butch)

Born: 1971
Sire fff:
Dame ffm:
Dame fm:

Born: 1976
Sire fmf:
Dame fmm:

Dame m:
Noor Jahan

Born: 1995-11-24

Sire mf:

Sire mff:
Dame mfm:
Dame mm:

Sire mmf:
Dame mmm:

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The newborn calf weighed 100 kg (220 lbs) and measured one metre tall (3.28ft). He will be named in a public naming contest about a week after his birth. In his first few days, the public press conference was cancelled due to arising health issues. The name Ganesh was chosen by Ria and Nadhini who won name the baby elephant competition, run by Sabras Sound radio and the name Vijay was chosen by his keepers which means Victory.

THE purpose of this letter is to draw urgent attention to a case of fatal haemorrhagic disease attributable to elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus type 5 (EEHV-5) infection in a captive Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), as a prelude to more detailed reports of the clinical and pathological findings (in preparation).

The affected animal was a 20-month-old captive-bred Asian elephant born and living at a collection in the UK within a Herd of four Adult female Asian elephants. It developed a rapidly progressive disease characterised by severe oedema, haemorrhage of mucosal membranes and cyanosis. Treatment followed protocols for extensive antiviral and supportive therapy and included drainage of the pericardial effusion under ultrasonographic guidance. Despite all efforts, the health of the animal deteriorated necessitating euthanasia.

Fatal elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus type 5 infection in a captive Asian elephant
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ganesh Vijay, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Twycross Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 March 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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