Nika at Estepona Selwo safari park

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

Nika and Bill Hemberg at Skansen in Stockholm.
† Nika
Alternative name:Gobi
ID Number:EEP Number: 6002 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 41 years old
Characteristics:A tear on the left ear lob
Dentition:tushes
Body height: 2.40 meter, 7.9 feet
Body weight: 3600.00 kg, 7920.00 lbs
Dead date: 1999-12-01, on transfer?
Death reason: disease: intoxication from branches?
Location:Estepona Selwo safari park
ArrivedEstepona Selwo safari park 1999-10-22
from Elche (Rio Safari Elche)
Elche (Rio Safari Elche) 1999-02-23
from Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park
Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park 1992-06-07
from Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
Stockholm Zoo (Skansen) 1960-06-06
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) 1960-00-00
from Assam unspecified forest
Born:1958 wild in
Assam unspecified forest India
Capture: 1960, Assam, India
Imported:1960
Freight:Possibly shipped together with two other elephants from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany
Document updated2017-03-09: links to ele-wiki submitted
2018-03-02: links to ele-wiki removed
2018-05-10: phys char
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.


Sources, among others

  • Erland Axel Wadsten

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