Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Detroit Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ruth  dead elephant


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
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Detroit Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

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

Record history
History of updates2009-11-27: Birth RE
2010-12-31: Cause of death, Text RE
2011-04-16: prev loc

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Ruth is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1994-02-17 at Detroit Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as during Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) testing.


Ruth was born wild 1948.

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Ruth died while under anaesthesia during testing for Tuberculosis.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Ruth, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Detroit Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 August 2022 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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