Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Nika at Estepona Selwo safari park

 ☨ ♀ Nika  
Nika and Bill Hemberg at Skansen in Stockholm.
Nika and Bill Hemberg at Skansen in Stockholm.

Alternative name:Gobi


EEP nr6002


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 41 years old
Characteristics:A tear on the left ear lob
Body height: 2.40 meter, 7.9 feet
Body weight: 3600.00 kg, 7920.00 lbs
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place: in Assam unspecified forest
Capture: 1960 Assam, India
Imported:1960 by Firma Carl Hagenbeck
Freight:Possibly shipped together with two other elephants from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany
Dead: 1999-12-01
Death reason: disease: intoxication from branches?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Estepona Selwo safari park, in Spain

Date of arrival

1999-10-22Estepona Selwo safari park
from Elche (Rio Safari Elche)

1999-02-23Elche (Rio Safari Elche)
from Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park

1992-06-07Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park
from Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)

1960-06-06Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

1960-00-00Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
from Assam unspecified forest

Record history
History of updates2017-03-09: links to ele-wiki submitted
2018-03-02: links to ele-wiki removed
2018-05-10: phys char
2021-09-16: Importer Firma Hagenbeck

Latest document update2021-09-16 18:48:24
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† Nika is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1999-12-01 at Estepona Selwo safari park, in Spain, . Official death reason described as intoxication from branches?.


Nika was born wild 1958 at Assam unspecified forest, captured 1960 , captured at Assam, India. and imported 1960 by Firma Carl Hagenbeck, Possibly shipped together with two other elephants from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany

Comments / pictures

Nika Skansen Bill Hemberg

Nika and elephant keeper Mats Berg after morning walk in the Stockholm Zoo Skansen, 1971. Photo: Erland Axel Wadsten

Nika was born 1958 in Assam, India, and came to Skansen Zoo in Stockholm, from Hagenbecks in Hamburg in 1960. She was officially called Gobi.

It is possible that she came with ship from Calcutta to Bremerhafen in 1960, together with Shöpfi in Dresden Zoo

Due to an accident 1969, when she fell down with the right hindleg in a whole in stable used to bring out manure, she suffered from scholiosis, making her right leg shorter, why she was limping a little bit.

Nika Skansen Dan Koehl

Nika and Dan Koehl at Skansen in Stockholm 1988.
Photo: Carina Gerken.

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Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Nika, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Estepona Selwo safari park in Spain. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 19 September 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Erland Axel Wadsten


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