African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Howletts Wild Animal Park in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Swana  dead elephant


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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 28 years old
Born:* 1985-07-02 captive-born
Birth place: in Howletts Wild Animal Park

Parents: Bwana x ♀ Masa
Dead: 2013-04-02
Death reason: euthanised: after attack from another cow
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 1997-07-18
(dead † 2011-07-05)
Umna EEP id: 9703

2. Born 2005-07-07 Janu EEP id: 20039

3. Born 2008-12-13 Etana EEP id: 200800

4. Born 2011-06-05 Impi (Impy) EEP id: 20084
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Howletts Wild Animal Park, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1985-07-02Howletts Wild Animal Park
Record history
History of updates2013-04-08: dead

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Swana is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2013-04-02 at Howletts Wild Animal Park, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as after attack from another cow.


  1. (F) 1997-07-18 -- † 2011-07-05 Umna EEP id: 9703
  2. (M) 2005-07-07 Janu EEP id: 20039
  3. (F) 2008-12-13 Etana EEP id: 200800
  4. (M) 2011-06-05 Impi (Impy) EEP id: 20084


Swana was born captive-born 1985-07-02 at Howletts Wild Animal Park.


Parents of Swana are: ♂ Bwana (father) and ♀ Masa (mother).

Siblings through the father Bwana:

  1. 1982-05-25 -- † 1989-09-29 (F) Sabi

Siblings through the mother Masa:

  1. 1982-05-25 - † 1989-09-29 (F) Sabi
  2. 1997-08-06(M) Jassa (Jasa)
  3. 2006-07-17(F) Jama
  4. 2011-01-24(M) Mchumba (twin)
  5. 2011-01-25 - † 2011-01-25 (M) twin (stillborn)


Swanas ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):

Born: 1968

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Dame m:

Born: 1969-12-01

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owlett's Wild Animal Park release statement regarding the death of one of it's African Elephants 'Swana':

"African Elephant, Swana
B. 2nd July 1985, D. 2nd April 2013

Female African elephant, Swana, was born at Howletts on 2nd July 1985. Only the second elephant born at the park, she had something of a privileged upbringing and her mother ‘Masa’, as leader and Matriarch of the Howletts elephant Herd ensured that no harm would come to her as the calf grew from infancy to adulthood.

As time went by however Swana did receive a number of injuries from one of the other elephants who was vying for a more dominant role within the Herd.

On 2nd April 2013, Swana was knocked to the ground by another Herd member, sustaining severe muscle damage to her back legs. Kent Fire Brigade Animal Rescue Unit, who have a history of providing help and expertise to both Howletts and Port Lympne, were immediately summoned to site. For more than seven hours zoo staff and fire crew fought to try and bring Swana to her feet, and although at one point this was achieved, Swana later collapsed and it was apparent that she was exhausted and beyond further help. At this point the decision was made to humanely put her to sleep.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Swana, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Howletts Wild Animal Park in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 February 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=841. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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