Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Givskud Zoo in Denmark

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Delhi  dead elephant
Alternative name: Dahlia, Delieh



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ about 1971 years old (approximate age)

People killed:1?: Killed elephant keeper on circus?
Born:* ~1942 wild
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Capture: ~1945
Imported:1947 by Circus Chipperfield
Freight:by ship "Trevlor"
Dead: 1971
Death location: Givskude
Death reason: euthanised: Epilepsy
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Givskud Zoo, in Denmark

Date of arrival

1970-06-15Givskud Zoo
from Vejle Zoo (Himmelpind)

Vejle Zoo (Himmelpind)
from Kolmarden Zoo

1967-00-00Kolmarden Zoo
from Circus Caravan

1964-05-12Circus Caravan
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus European Tour

1963-08-24Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus European Tour
from Circus Chipperfield

1947-03-03Circus Chipperfield 1947-03-03
from Tilbury Docks

1947-00-00Tilbury Docks
from Port of Colombo

1947-00-00Port of Colombo
from Sri Lanka unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2011-11-15: 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
2021-09-16: Importer Circus Chipperfield

Latest document update2021-09-16 18:38:24
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† Delhi is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1971 at Givskud Zoo, in Denmark, . Official death reason described as Epilepsy.


Delhi was born wild ~1942 at Sri Lanka unspecified location, captured ~1945 . and imported 1947 by Circus Chipperfield, by ship "Trevlor"

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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, Dan, (2023). Delhi, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Givskud Zoo in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at (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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Categories1971 deaths | ~194 births | Born in Sri Lanka | ~194 captures | 1947 imports | Elephants from Givskud Zoo | Denmark | Mankillers | Asian elephants

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