Lunkentuss (Rani) an Asian elephant at Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)

Female ♀ Asian  Lunkentuss (Rani) at Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)

Old postcard, unknown photographer.
☨ Lunkentuss (Rani)
Taxidermy: Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
ID nr:EEP Number: 2304 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 13 years old
Dead date: 1941-02-18
Death reason: disease: could not be diagnosed
Location:Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
ArrivalStockholm Zoo (Skansen) 1931-06-07
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Born:* 1928 wild
Document updated2009-03-15: EEP nr, date of arrival
2010-01-11: picture of cranium
2012-06-15: eep records
2018-10-29: earlier death reason disputed
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 Bambina

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 eutanized, shot with a rifle specially imported for that mission, has not been confirmed either my medical journals or mentioned in the autopsy document.


Lunkentuss cranium at History Natural Museum in Stockholm, Sweden

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Lunkentuss (Rani), an Asian at Stockholm Zoo (Skansen) in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=61. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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