Jamuna at Auckland Zoo

Female Asian elephant Jamuna at Auckland Zoo

† Jamuna
ID Number:   ASMP Number: 13 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 48 years
Dead date: 1965-09-02
Death reason: age:
Location:Auckland Zoo
ArrivedAuckland Zoo 1923-06-07
from Calcutta Zoo (Alipore Zoological gardens)
Born:1917 wild
Document updated2010-09-23
“What followed was an aggressive policy of expansion over the next few years, including the zoos first animal star, the female Indian elephant, Jamuna, whose influence is still seen today by Jamuna plaza in the rear of the modern zoo”. (1923, first Elephant at the Zoo)

“Tradegy stuck the zoo twice in 1954 first with the death of Albert Barnett the zoo foreman. Barnett died after a finger became infected in what was initially thought to be a minor injury sustained at work. In August another staff member, 65 year old Frank Lane, who had also worked at the zoo since its opening like Barnett, was killed in a much publicised accident. Lane had just fed a young elephant, Kassala (not sure when she arrived, I believe she was a female Indian Elephant, refer below as I can only find one mention of her), and was climbing back through the rails between the stalls when Jamuna swung her truck knocking him into the wall and killing him instantly. Barnett had been Jamunas regular keeper and it was reported she had been upset since his death. It is believed Lanes death was the result of a tragic accident rather than a deliberate attack. Jamuna spent the rest of her life without incident”.

“In September 1965 the zoos star Elephant Jamuna died. She was believed to be approximately 50 years old and carried over 750,000 guests”.

Sources, among others

  • http://www.zoobeat.com/14/elephants-australia-new-zealand-3022/index6.html#post30667
  • http://www.zoobeat.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/2388
  • Australasian Region Asian Elephant Studbook (2004) compiled by David Pepper-Edwards, Australia

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