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, (2021). Mohan (Gyro, Gyro-Moe), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Calgary Zoo in Canada. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 January 2022 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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