Lunkentuss (Rani)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Stockholm Zoo (Skansen) in Sweden

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Lunkentuss (Rani)  dead elephant
Lunkentuss (Rani) displayed as museum specimen.
Lunkentuss (Rani) as museum specimen. Photo: Dan Koehl
Old postcard, unknown photographer.
Old postcard, unknown photographer.
Taxidermy locationSwedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), Stockholm, Sweden


Museum accession number NRM ??
EEP nr2304


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 13 years old
Born:* 1928 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1941-02-18
Death location: Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
Death reason: disease: could not be diagnosed
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Stockholm Zoo (Skansen), in Sweden

Date of arrival

1931-06-07Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

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Latest document update2021-07-04 20:34:13
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† Lunkentuss (Rani) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1941-02-18 at Stockholm Zoo (Skansen), in Sweden, . Official death reason described as could not be diagnosed.

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1941-02-18.


Lunkentuss (Rani) was born wild 1928 at Asia unspecified location.

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Records about Lunkentuss (Rani) from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Lunkentuss (Rani):

2304 F ~ 1923 UNK UNK HAMBURG ~ 1929 NONE Transfer LUNKENTUSS
STOCKHOLM 7 Jun 1930 941519 Transfer
18 Feb 1941 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

Lunkentuss came to Skansen in Stockholm 1931, imported from Hagenbecks. Her name in Germany was Rani, which was used as unofficial name for her at Skansen also.

Lunkentuss (Rani) in Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)

Lunkentuss behind the younger elephant Bambina, with zookeeper Tore Glemmefors.

She was very populair, since she gave rides to thousands of children, but went ill, and suffered under health problems her last three years before her death.

An earlier theory; claiming that she accidently snapped and ate a bag from a Zoo visitor which was full with glass, and due to her stomach problems, she had to be shot with a rifle specially imported for that mission, has not been confirmed either by medical journals or mentioned in the autopsy document.

Lunkentuss (Rani) in Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
Lunkentuss cranium at History Natural Museum in Stockholm, Sweden
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Lunkentuss (Rani), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Stockholm Zoo (Skansen) in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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