Shiva an Asian elephant at Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park

 ☨ ♀ Shiva  
Shiva and Dan Koehl at Skansen, Stockholm, 1987. Photo: <a href="">Roger Schederin</a>
Shiva and Dan Koehl at Skansen, Stockholm, 1987. Photo: Roger Schederin

Alternative name:Bimbo


EEP nr8404


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 21 years old
Born:* 1972 unknown
Birth place: in India unspecified location
Dead date: 1993-09-21
Death location: Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park
Death reason: disease: anorexia and foot problemss?
Present / last location:Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, in United Kingdom

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1992-06-07Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park
from Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
Stockholm Zoo (Skansen) 1984-05-01
from Circus Sariola
Circus Sariola 1975-00-00
from Helsinki Zoo
Helsinki Zoo 1975-00-00
from Circus Carl Althoff
Circus Carl Althoff
from Firma Ruhe
Firma Ruhe
from India unspecified location

Document updated2009-11-24: new record
2017-01-19: picture
2018-05-07: alt name
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† Shiva is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, in United Kingdom, of disease in 1993-09-21. Official death reason described as anorexia and foot problemss?. (see detailed list).


Shiva was born unknown 1972 at India unspecified location.

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Shiva is said to have been shipped out of Trivandrum in India, and spend some time in a german Circus, possibly Carl Althoff, before she was bought by Circus Sariola in Finland, where she was performing together with the asian elephant Pepita. She was called Bimbo in Finland.

She was sold from Peerti Sariola in Finland to Skansen Zoo in Stockholm 1984, after she had pressed a famous finnish singer, Tulikki Eloranta into a wall, who had to stay at hospital for some time.

1984: During her first month at Skansen she also attacked elephant keeper Bill Hemberg.

1989: attacked elephant keeper Bo Larson.

But she never had a problem with headkeeper Dan Koehl, whos hand is on the photo above.

In Skansen Shiva coped rather well, enjpyed being taken for walks in the zoo, sometimes four times/day, and starting the summer morning with two hours walk in the forest, neighbouring the zoo.

The summer morning walks often ended with a bath in the river that flows through Stockholm

In 1992 she was given to Cricket St. Thomas in Somerset, England, together with the older elephant Nika, on condition that Cricket St. Thomas payed the transport to England. During 1992 she started refusing to eat. Nine months after arrival to England she died, with reduced weight and foot problems.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Shiva, an Asian elephant at Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 April 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Pertii Sariola
  • Dan Koehl
  • Martina Nagy
  • Elefanten - Mein Leben, by Karl Kock


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