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Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Kiev Zoo in Ukraine

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Boy  dead elephant
Photo: Anna Westbury, Kiev Zoo
Photo: Anna Westbury, Kiev Zoo


EEP nr7002


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 41 years old
Body height: 3.30 meter, 10.8 feet

People killed:2
Born:* 1969 unknown
Birth place:
Dead: 2010-04-26
Death reason: unknown: poisoned?
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1985-05-23
(dead † 1987)
Kij EEP id: 8501
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Kiev Zoo, in Ukraine

Date of arrival

1972-12-07Kiev Zoo
from Zoocentrum Moskwa (Objed)

1972-12-01Zoocentrum Moskwa (Objed)
from USSR Government Circus

1970-00-00USSR Government Circus
from Zoocentrum Moskwa (Objed)

Record history
History of updates2009-12-09: Shoulder-height, date of arrival in Kiev, birth status, transfer to PC from NC.
2010-04-26: death, poisoned
2010-04-28: not poisoned? Investigation
2011-03-16: mankiller
2012-02-29: corrected height
2018-05-22: link to EleWiki submitted

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Boy is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2010-04-26 at Kiev Zoo, in Ukraine, . Official death reason described as poisoned?.


Total: 1 babies

  1. (M) 1985-05-23 -- † 1987 Kij EEP id: 8501


Boy was born unknown 1969.

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Contradictory records:

The EEG stated arrival In Kiev 1972-08-08 is most probably wrong.

2009-12-09: Shoulderheight: 3.45 metres? (not confirmed?).
2009-12-09: Arrival in Kiev 1972-12-07 confirmed. In Kiev listed as captive-born.
2010-04-26: died, according to the Zoo in Kiev, poisoned.
2010-04-27: Some remain skeptical about the poisoning theory.
2010-04-28: Whether Boy, the Kyiv municipal zoos only elephant, died on April 26 from poisoning or simply from poor care, is part of an ongoing investigation.

Is said to have killed 2 keepers and crushed one more.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Boy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Kiev Zoo in Ukraine. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 May 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=955. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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