Annabel (Tessa)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Emmen Zoo in Netherlands

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Annabel (Tessa)  dead elephant
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: 2009-03-01
Death reason: euthanised: fell in dry moat
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands

Date of arrival

1966-05-20Emmen Zoo
from Tilburg Zoo

1966-00-00Tilburg Zoo
from Christ van Dijk

Record history
History of updates2023-07-01

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Annabel (Tessa) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2009-03-01 at Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands, . Official death reason described as fell in dry moat.


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.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Annabel (Tessa), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Emmen Zoo in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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