Nellie an Asian elephant at Sydney Zoo (Taronga)

 ☨ ♀ Nellie  
Picture courtesy Sonia Coleman
Picture courtesy Sonia Coleman


ASMP nr26


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

Date of Arrival
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1948-08-16Sydney Zoo (Taronga)
from Mitchell Park Zoo
Mitchell Park Zoo 1928-00-00
from Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur

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


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.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Nellie, an Asian elephant at Sydney Zoo (Taronga) in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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