unknown an African forest elephant at Versailles menagerie

 ☨ ♀ unknown  
Species:African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 17 years old
TaxidermyParis National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
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Born:* 1664 unknown
Birth place:
Dead date: 1681-01-22
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Versailles menagerie, in France

Date of Arrival

1665-00-00Versailles menagerie

Document updated2010-09-22: species, arrival, origin country, source
2012-02-25: cyclotis
2013-03-31: a thief cut of a tusk at the museum
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† unknown is a dead Female ♀ African forest elephant, (Loxodonta cyclotis), who died at Versailles menagerie, in France, from unknown reasons in 1681-01-22,

The remains of this elephant is within the Taxidermy collection at Paris National Museum of Natural History, in Paris, France, since 1681-00-00.

(see detailed list).


unknown was born unknown 1664.

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2013-03-31: Police in France have arrested a man for allegedly breaking into the Museum of Natural History in Paris, and cutting a tusk off the skeleton of an elephant that once belonged to a French king.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). unknown, an African forest at Versailles menagerie in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 November 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5976. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • The African Forest Elephant and its status in captivity. Part 1: Europe, by Don Cousins, International Zoo News No. 251 (41/2) March 1994
  • Page 57, The Wild Elephants and the Method of Capturing and Taming it in Ceylon, by J. Emerson Tennent
  • Memoires Pour Servir L'Histoire Naturelle
  • Page 258, Elephants: A Cultural and Natural History, by Karl Groning and Martin Saller


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    Categories1681 deaths | Paris National Museum of Natural History Taxidermy | 1664 births | Born in Congo | Elephants from Versailles menagerie | France | African forest elephants

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