Omar an Asian elephant at Leipzig Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Omar  
Omar in Hannover Zoo with elephant keeper Sukla. Omar killed Sukla in 1935.
Omar in Hannover Zoo with elephant keeper Sukla. Omar killed Sukla in 1935.


EEP nr1904


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 38 years old

People killed:2
Born:* 1919 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1957-01-07
Death reason: unknown:
Total: 3 babies

1. Born 1936-04-08
(dead † 1938-08-00)
Orje EEP id: 3601

2. Born 1938-09-05 Hannolore EEP id: 3701

3. Born 1938-11-27
(dead † 1943-11-22)
Indra EEP id: 3803
Present / last location:Leipzig Zoo, in Germany

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1938-04-12Leipzig Zoo
from Hannover Zoo
Hannover Zoo 1924-05-16
from Firma Ruhe

Document updated2009-10-29: death date
2010-04-16: killing of Sukla
2010-04-19: picture
2012-06-13: eep records
Google map
Random literature

† Omar is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Leipzig Zoo, in Germany, of from unknown reasons in 1957-01-07. (see detailed list).


Total: 3 babies

  1. (M) 1936-04-08 -- † 1938-08-00 Orje EEP id: 3601
  2. (F) 1938-09-05 Hannolore EEP id: 3701
  3. (F) 1938-11-27 -- † 1943-11-22 Indra EEP id: 3803


Omar was born wild 1919.

Comments / pictures

1932: Attacked elephant keeper Hesse at Firma Ruhe.
1935: killed Firma Ruhes elephant keeper Sukla.
1937: Killed elephantkeeper?

In Leipzig Zoo Omar pushed a female into the drymoat, and used her as bridge, escaping his enclosure, and walking free in the Zoo. A keeper managed to bring him back with food.

Records about Omar from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Omar:

1904 M ~ 1919 WILD WILD WILD ~ 1919 NONE Birth OMAR
L RUHE ~ 1924 NONE Transfer
HANNOVER 16 May 1924 VII23 Transfer
LEIPZIG 12 Apr 1938 NONE ltf Transfer

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Omar, an Asian elephant at Leipzig Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:


Internal relevant links

External relevant links (Opens in new window)

    Search more on the web for Omar

    (The name Omar is already submitted into the link, just click on the link for relevant results)

  • Billboard
  • Buckles Blog
  • Elephant_Commentator
  • elefanten.wikia
  • Google Internet search
  • Google Books
  • ZooChat

  • Categories1957 deaths | 1919 births | Breeding bulls | EEP | Elephants from Leipzig Zoo | Germany | Mankillers | Asian elephants

    This document was updated: 2020-10-18 06:25:24

    Elephant Encyclopedia and database

    Established 1995
    Established 2006
    Search for keywords
    Your ip: