Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Ruth at Detroit Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Ruth  


SSP nr89


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 46 years old
Born:* 1948 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1994-02-17
Death reason: anesthesia: during Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) testing
Present / last location:Detroit Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

Detroit Zoo
from Belle Isle Nature Zoo (Safariland, Detroit Zoo)

Document updated2009-11-27: Birth RE
2010-12-31: Cause of death, Text RE
2011-04-16: prev loc
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† Ruth is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Detroit Zoo, in United States, from anesthesia 1994-02-17. Official death reason described as during Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) testing. (see detailed list).


Ruth was born wild 1948.

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Ruth died while under anaesthesia during testing for tuberculosis.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Ruth, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Detroit Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • "Table 4: Captive Elephants 1988-1999 and Additions to 1980-1988 Records," Elephant, The Publication of the Elephant Research Foundation, Vol 2 No 4, January 2000. p 65-71


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