Annabel (Tessa) an Asian elephant at Emmen Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Annabel (Tessa)  
Annabel. Emmen Zoo 2007. Photo: © Petra Prager
Annabel. Emmen Zoo 2007. Photo: © Petra Prager


EEP nr6606


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 45 years old
Born:* 1964 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 2009-03-01
Death reason: euthanised: fell in dry moat
Present / last location:Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1966-05-20Emmen Zoo
from Tilburg Zoo
Tilburg Zoo 1966-00-00
from Christ van Dijk

Document updated2009-03-01: Death, Text
2009-03-25: Image
2009-12-23: previous location
2011-11-08: youtube film
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† Annabel (Tessa) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands, of euthanised in 2009-03-01. Official death reason described as fell in dry moat. (see detailed list).


Annabel (Tessa) was born wild 1964.

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On the 1st of March, Annabel fell into the dry moat surrounding the exhibit onto her side. After several attempts to help, zoo staff brought in a crane to lift her out. Unable to stand and in shock, the decision was made to euthanize the zoo's oldest elephant.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Annabel (Tessa), an Asian elephant at Emmen Zoo in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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