Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Perth Zoo in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Dolly  dead elephant
Taxidermy locationPerth Zoo, South Perth, Australia



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus sumatranus
Sex and age:Female ♀ maybe about 4 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1931? unknown
Birth place: in Sumatra unspecified location
Imported:1934 by Sole Brothers Circus
Freight:ship Minderoo
Dead: 1935-02-04
Death reason: disease:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Perth Zoo, in Australia

Date of arrival

1934-12-15Perth Zoo
from Fremantle Harbour

1934-12-15Fremantle Harbour
from Sumatra unspecified location

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† Dolly is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1935-02-04 at Perth Zoo, in Australia, .

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Perth Zoo, in South Perth, Australia, since 1935-02-04.


Dolly was born unknown 1931? at Sumatra unspecified location. and imported 1934 by Sole Brothers Circus, ship Minderoo

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South Perth Elephant's End.
Dolly, a four-year-old elephant in quarantine at the Zoo, South Perth, died yesterday after a day's illness. Her teener. Mr. W. Carlisle, had no idea what was amiss with her. Dr. H. W. Bennetts (veterinary pathologist) performed a postmortem examination, the result of which will be known soon.

Dolly was one of two baby elephants, the other being Betty, which were landed at Fremantle from the Minderoo on December 15 last year from the Sumatran jungles for Sole Bros, circus, which is now travelling in New South Wales, they had to go into quarantine at the Zoo. Mr. Carlisle, who is the elephant trainer for the circus, was in charge of the animals, and he said yesterday that they throve well till Sunday after noon, when Dolly suddenly developed an illness. He called in a veterinary surgeon but the animal did not rally and died soon after noon yesterday. The two animals were not insured. Mr. Carlisle said. They were bought to replace one of the circus elephants which died from accidental poisoning on the Great Western express a few months ago.

'Different to cutting up a sheep,' said Dr. Bennetts, as he toiled perspiringly with a big knife to carve up poor Dolly. Her companion Betty, tethered in a shed nearby, moved about very restlessly, and her trainer said she would have to be very carefully watched lest she break loose and get clear of the Zoo. He said he would present Dolly's carcass to the Zoo Museum.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Dolly, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Perth Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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