African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Pretoria Zoo in South Africa

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Pumbi  dead elephant



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ maybe about 27 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1985? wild
Birth place: in Kruger National Park
Dead: 2012-04-03
Death reason: unknown: respiratory distress, collapsed. pneumonia
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2011-03-21
(dead † 2011-04-11)
Lerato (Deneo)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Pretoria Zoo, in South Africa

Date of arrival

1987-04-28Pretoria Zoo
from Kruger National Park

Record history
History of updates2009-08-07: New elephant
2010-09-16: birth place, arrival
2012-04-03: death

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† Pumbi is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2012-04-03 at Pretoria Zoo, in South Africa, . Official death reason described as respiratory distress, collapsed. pneumonia.


  1. (F) 2011-03-21 -- † 2011-04-11 Lerato (Deneo)


Pumbi was born wild 1985? at Kruger National Park.

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Contradictory records:

Earlier sources stated 1987-03-12 as arrival in the zoo.

2012-03-03: Two weeks ago the NZG’s veterinarians started treating Pumbi for a suspected infection of the Uterus and she was placed on a course of antibiotics. A later scan of the Uterus repudiated this diagnosis, but at this stage Pumbi had started to display signs of respiratory distress. Her Medication was continued but her failing health complicated her treatment.

“As Pumbi’s food intake was sporadic it made administering the drugs very difficult,” said Dr Ian Espie, the NZG’s chief veterinarian. “At times we were able to hide it in treats for her,” he added, “but the weekend’s cold and rainy weather exacerbated her condition.” On Tuesday morning at 07:45 Pumbi collapsed in her enclosure. The preliminary cause of death appears to be bronchi pneumonia but a Necropsy will be conducted to confirm this diagnosis.

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Pumbi, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Pretoria Zoo in South Africa. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=527. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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