Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Sydney Zoo in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Nellie  dead elephant
Picture courtesy Sonia Coleman
Picture courtesy Sonia Coleman


ASMP nr26


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* unknown
Birth place:
Dead: 1949-05-21
Death reason: accident: fell into the dry moat, broke her back
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Sydney Zoo, in Australia

Date of arrival

1948-08-16Sydney Zoo
from Mitchell Park Zoo

1928-00-00Mitchell Park Zoo
from Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur

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History of updates2013-05-19: 

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† Nellie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1949-05-21 at Sydney Zoo, in Australia, . Official death reason described as fell into the dry moat, broke her back.


Nellie was born unknown .

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Originally presented to the park by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1928, Nellie became a firm favourite with Durbanites and soon learned to play a mouth organ, crack coconuts and let children ride on her back. Nellie left South Africa in 1949 to go to Taronga Zoo in Australia where the authorities, not knowing what a people-loving animal she was, put her in an enclosure with a Moat and a fence around it. She must have been starved for company and one day, while trying to reach over the moat, fell in and broke her back.

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Nellie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Sydney Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 10 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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