Ellie May
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Belle Vue Zoological Gardens in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ellie May  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1977
Death reason: euthanised: gunshot;; pnemonia, heart failure
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

Belle Vue Zoological Gardens
Record history
History of updates2011-04-22: New elephant RE
2013-06-13: death year

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Ellie May is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1977 at Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as gunshot;; pnemonia, heart failure.


Ellie May was born wild .

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"A 15-year-old elephant, Ellie May, had acquired an undeserved reputation for being dangerous, which made her extremely difficult to sell. Her food costs became difficult to justify, but Grayson refused to have her put down. Although he left the zoo in January 1978, Grayson returned frequently to care for Ellie May, the last animal left at the zoo. Eventually Rotterdam Zoo agreed to take her, and plans were made to transport the elephant to the Netherlands. Ellie May refused to budge however, and overnight developed pneumonia and Heart failure. Grayson and veterinary surgeon, David Taylor, felt that she would not recover, and decided to call in a marksman to euthanise her." //Wikipedia

Ellie Mae was euthanised in 1977 when she refused to enter transport at the closure of the park.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Ellie May, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Belle Vue Zoological Gardens in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=6962. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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