Deceased elephants at Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka


This database list 23 dead elephants

Nr Sex Species Name Id Status Arrival locationImport
1+ ♂ EM Raja Born: wild x Dead:2013-01-12 (19 years after arrival), age foot abcess1994-00-00 Anuradhapura forest
2+ ⚪ EM unknown < 1 Born: captive-born 2011-01-16 x Lasanda Dead:2011-08-09, unknown 2011-01-16
3+ ⚪ EM noname < 1 Born: captive-born 2011-02-16 x Dead:2011-02-16, unknown 2011-02-16
4+ ♂ EM Neelagiri Born: unknown x Dead:2011-01-17 (25 years after arrival), unknown died of wounds from mahouts hooks1986-00-00 Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary
5+ ♀ EM Kirimenika Born: wild x Dead:2004-05-09, unknown
6+ ♂ EM stillborn < 1 Born: captive-born 2004-03-22 Neelagiri x Nikini II Dead:2004-04-22, stillborn 2004-03-22
7+ ⚪ EM killed < 1 Born: captive-born 2004-02-27 x Lasanda Dead:2004-03-20, killed dashed on the ground by the mother2004-02-27
8+ ♀ EM Binari 2Born: captive-born 2001-09-19 x Shermi Dead:2003-01-03 (2 years after arrival), disease head injury and paralysis2001-09-19
9+ ♂ EM Vijaya 36Born: wild 1963 x Dead:1999-09-11 (24 years after arrival), disease brain cancer1975-00-00 Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
10+ ♂ EM Sanka I (Big Sankar) 36Born: x Dead:1999-05-14, unknown
11+ ⚪ EM Honda Kota 36Born: wild x Dead:1999-02-20, unknown 1999-00-00
12+ ♂ EM Kandula I 36Born: x Dead:1999-01-29, disease heart attack
13+ ♀ EM Anura 36Born: wild x Dead:1998-03-31, unknown
14+ ♂ EM Vikum 2Born: captive-born 1989-07-11 x Kumari Dead:1991-05-18 (2 years after arrival), unknown 1989-07-11
15+ ♀ EM Hema 2Born: wild x Dead:1981, unknown
16+ ♀ EM Nikini 2Born: wild x Dead:1975-02-15, disease poisoned by villagers1975-01-00 Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
17+ ♂ EM Aruna 2Born: captive-born 1994-04-10Neela x Komali (Komalee) Dead:, unknown 1994-04-10
18+ ♀ EM Anuradha 2Born: wild 1982 x Dead:, unknown leg fracture
19+ ♀ EM Ranmali (Ranmalee) 2Born: wild 1982 x Dead:, unknown
20+ ♂ EM Raja 2Born: wild x Dead:, unknown 1975-01-00 Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
21+ ♂ EM Kadira 2Born: unknown 1966? x Dead:, unknown
22+ ⚪ EM Tharaka 2Born: x Dead:, unknown
23+ ♀ EM Kiriya I 2Born: x Dead:, unknown

Source for the list of elephants deceased at Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Reference list

Facts about Deceased elephants at Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka, Elephant Encyclopedia, Koehl, D. (2021), available online retrieved 28 January 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=43 (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this list:

Latest updateName of elephantSource (if it is a website, the target website will open in new window)
2018-05-17 Binari:• http://cheerans.com/files/Captive-Elephant-Workshop.pdf
•  Captive Breeding of Elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, by Chandana Rajapaksa, University of Peradeniya
2013-01-13 Raja:• http://www.lankapuvath.lk/index.php/latest-news/general2/28030-blind-pinnawala-raja-dies
2012-01-31 Aruna:• Sanjaya Kumara Ratnayake, assistant curator, Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
•  Geburt und Jugendendwicklung von Asiatischen Elefanten -Beoabachtungen aus der Pinnawela Elephant Sanctuary von Sri Lanka, Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos, nr 2 1999, by Fred Kurt, Birgit Dastig, Sandra Petzhold, Julia Rastelli, Judith Schmelz, Verena Tragau
2012-01-31 Anuradha:• Sanjaya Kumara Ratnayake, assistant curator, Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
•  Geburt und Jugendendwicklung von Asiatischen Elefanten -Beoabachtungen aus der Pinnawela Elephant Sanctuary von Sri Lanka, Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos, nr 2 1999, by Fred Kurt, Birgit Dastig, Sandra Petzhold, Julia Rastelli, Judith Schmelz, Verena Tragau
2012-01-30 Ranmali (Ranmalee):• Sanjaya Kumara Ratnayake, assistant curator, Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
•  Geburt und Jugendendwicklung von Asiatischen Elefanten -Beoabachtungen aus der Pinnawela Elephant Sanctuary von Sri Lanka, Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos, nr 2 1999, by Fred Kurt, Birgit Dastig, Sandra Petzhold, Julia Rastelli, Judith Schmelz, Verena Tragau
2012-01-30 Sanka I (Big Sankar):• Geburt und Jugendendwicklung von Asiatischen Elefanten -Beoabachtungen aus der Pinnawela Elephant Sanctuary von Sri Lanka, Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos, nr 2 1999, by Fred Kurt, Birgit Dastig, Sandra Petzhold, Julia Rastelli, Judith Schmelz, Verena Tragau
2012-01-30 killed:• Sanjaya Kumara Ratnayake, assistant curator, Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
2012-01-30 stillborn:• Sanjaya Kumara Ratnayake, assistant curator, Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
2012-01-30 Neelagiri:• Sanjaya Kumara Ratnayake, assistant curator, Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
2012-01-29 Vikum:• Sanjaya Kumara Ratnayake, assistant curator, Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
2012-01-29 unknown:• http://www.elephant-news.com/index.php?id=5819
2011-03-12 noname:• http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/news/36052.html

Pinnawala elephant orphanage on elephant-news.com

Pinnawala elephant orphanage is mentioned on Elephant News:

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2020-09-07Responding to decision to move dep. of zoological gardens under ministry of tourism - Elephant News
2015-04-20Lanka’s first open air zoo will open today - Elephant News
2015-04-11Anjalee the elephant: auckland zookeeper has spent 6 months to get her here - Elephant News
2015-04-09Update: attempt to seize oruwala elephants engaged in polo results in jumbo encounter - Elephant News
2015-03-13Auckland-bound elephant anjalee is on her way - Elephant News
2013-04-10Oil anointing for 100 elephants - Elephant News
2020-09-26Pinnawala elephant orphanage runs risk of being blacklisted: minister - Elephant News


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