African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Hamburg Natural History Museum in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ⚪ unknown  dead elephant
Taxidermy locationHamburg Natural History Museum, Hamburg, Germany


Local id Number 1


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:
Status:foot problems
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Africa unspecified location
Imported:1860 by United Kingdom (England) unspecified location
Dead: 1860
Death reason: : stucked
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Hamburg Natural History Museum, in Germany

Date of arrival

1860-00-00Hamburg Natural History Museum
from Port of Hamburg

1860-00-00Port of Hamburg
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck

1860-00-00Firma Carl Hagenbeck
from United Kingdom (England) unspecified location

United Kingdom (England) unspecified location
from Africa unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2009-11-23
2021-09-15: Unknown importer

Latest document update2021-09-17 14:31:02
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† unknown is a dead foot problems African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1860 at Hamburg Natural History Museum, in Germany, . Official death reason described as stucked.

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Hamburg Natural History Museum, in Hamburg, Germany.


unknown was born wild at Africa unspecified location. and imported 1860 by United Kingdom (England) unspecified location

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The very first elephant purchased by the Hagenbeck family.

Bought by Carl Gottfried Hagenbeck from a british animal dealer in 1860 for the cheap prize of 80 punds, since it was lame in the right hind leg.

Since it did not recover, and after some time could not even stand up in the stable, it was sold to Hamburg Museum.

The elephant was brought to Hamburg Museum, where it was given poison by injection. Since the elephant did not die, it was stucked like a pig.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). unknown, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Hamburg Natural History Museum in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5420. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Page 153, 154 Beasts and Men, by Carl Hagenbeck

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