African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Basel Zoo in Switzerland

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ruaha  dead elephant


EEP nr5101


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 59 years old
Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Ruaha National Park
Capture: 1952-09-21
Imported:1952 by Basel Zoo
Dead: 2010-07-29
Death reason: age:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Basel Zoo, in Switzerland

Date of arrival

1956-11-01Basel Zoo
from Circus Knie

1956-00-00Circus Knie
from Basel Zoo

1952-11-01Basel Zoo
from August Künzler Big Game Ranch

1952-00-00August Künzler Big Game Ranch
from Ruaha National Park

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History of updates2023-08-31

Latest document update2021-09-18 17:36:10
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† Ruaha is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2010-07-29 at Basel Zoo, in Switzerland, .


Ruaha was born wild 1951 at Ruaha National Park, captured 1952-09-21 . and imported 1952 by Basel Zoo

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Origin: Tanzania. Ruaha was, before her death, the oldest captive african elephant world-wide.

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ruaha, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Page 158-64,
    Jumbo auf dem Drahtseil - Elefanten dressuren von gestern und heute by Gerhard Zapf
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling
  • Elefanten-wiki on (Google Translated version)
  • African Elephant Studbook, Europe Regional EEP
    by Amelia Terkel, Zoological center Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Israel

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