Mohan (Gyro, Gyro-Moe)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Calgary Zoo in Canada

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Mohan (Gyro, Gyro-Moe)  dead elephant


SSP nr530


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 7 years old
Born:* 1960-05-12 unknown
Birth place: in Mudumalai National Park
Dead: 1967-06-26
Death reason: killed: knocked into moat by elephant
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Calgary Zoo, in Canada

Date of arrival

1964-11-29Calgary Zoo
from Miami Rare Bird Farm (Alton Freeman)

1961-00-00Miami Rare Bird Farm (Alton Freeman)
from India unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2011-01-02: New elephant RE
2011-05-15: Birth, Previous location RE
2016-01-05: SSP nr

Latest document update2020-10-22 05:50:55
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† Mohan (Gyro, Gyro-Moe) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1967-06-26 at Calgary Zoo, in Canada, . Official death reason described as knocked into moat by elephant.


Mohan (Gyro, Gyro-Moe) was born unknown 1960-05-12 at Mudumalai National Park. and imported 1961?

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Contradictory records:
In the book "Elephant - The Lady Boss" the author C. H. Basappanavar writes in the prologue at page XXIII:

"It was in the year 1964, while I was working as Assistant Comservator of Forests of Shimaoga, a baby elephant was required to be donated to Canada by the Indian Government. [....] as an appropiate gift to children of that country by late Jawaharlal Nehru, the then prime minister of India, during his forthcoming official visit.

From Wayne Jackson:
Mohan- Asian male
-Born May 12th, 1960
-Origin- Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, near Madras, India
-Gift from the Indian Government
-Arrived at Malton Airport on Oct. 1st, 1961
-Sold to the Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta, Nov. 26th 1964
-Died in the spring of 1967 after being knocked into a Moat by the female he was with

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Mohan (Gyro, Gyro-Moe), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Calgary Zoo in Canada. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 8 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Wayne Jackson
  • Brent Van Hooft (Calgary, AB)

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