Delhi an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Givskud Zoo

☨ Delhi
Alternative name:Dahlia, Delieh
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ about 1971 years old (approximate age)
Dead date: 1971
Death reason: euthanised: Epilepsy
People killed:1?: Killed elephant keeper on circus?
Location:Givskud Zoo
ArrivalGivskud Zoo 1970-06-15
from Vejle Zoo (Himmelpind)
Vejle Zoo (Himmelpind)
from Kolmarden Zoo
Kolmarden Zoo 1967-00-00
from Circus Caravan
Circus Caravan 1964-05-12
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus European Tour
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus European Tour 1963-08-24
from Circus Chipperfield
Born:* ~1942 wild
in Sri Lanka unspecified location Sri Lanka
Capture: ~1945,
Document updated2011-11-15: removed Knie as prev. loc.
2012-07-05: corr departure from Kolmarden
2018-05-08: split to individual from merged nr 402. lost, assumed dead
2018-05-08: lost ? (or died in Givskude??)
2018-08-02: described euthanized and dead in Givskude
With the help of the owner of Kamala's Circus, Chipperfield toured outlying villages to find elephants and bargain for purchases. First elephant was purchased and named Kamala in respect. Mary and 5 year old Dahlia purchased next. Dahlia was still being trained by Mary, chained to her while working on a rubber plantation. (Pamela Macgregor-Morris, Chipperfield's Circus)

Blind on right eye.

Killed elephant keeper on circus?

Not mentioned in Kolmarden after 1972.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Delhi, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Givskud Zoo in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=6035. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Pamela Macgregor-Morris, Chipperfield's Circus, published 1957
  • Hans Romlund, Give, Denmark.
  • Erland Wadsten, Stockholm
  • Erik Munk Sørensen, Frederik Iversens liv og virke



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