Bindu at Cologne Zoo (Zoo Köln)

Male Asian elephant Bindu at Cologne Zoo (Zoo Köln)

Photo: © Heike Klabunde
ID Number:EEP Number: 7103 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 49 years
Management:Protected contact
Location:Cologne Zoo (Zoo Köln)
ArrivedCologne Zoo (Zoo Köln) 2004-09-10
from Port Lympne Zoo
Port Lympne Zoo 1977-06-01
from Howletts Wild Animal Park
Howletts Wild Animal Park 1971-01-01
from Sonepur Mela cattle fair
Born:1968 wild India
Body height (m and feet): 3.15 meter, 10.3 feet
Body weight (kgs and pounds): 5000.00 kg, 11000.00 lbs
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 11 babies

  1. (F) 1987-12-08 -- † 1987-12-08 stillborn, EEP nr: 8713
  2. (F) 1990-06-24 -- † 1990-06-24 stillborn (twin), EEP nr: 9014
  3. (F) 1990-07-22 -- † 1990-07-22 stillborn (twin), EEP nr: 9015
  4. (M) 1993-06-21 -- † 1993-06-21 stillborn
  5. (M) 1998-08-20 -- † 1999-07-26 Ashoka
  6. (M) 2002-08-00 -- † 2002-08-00 killed
  7. (F) 2007-05-09 Maha Kumari, EEP nr: 200706
  8. () 2008-03-11 -- † 2008-03-11 stillborn, EEP nr: 200805
  9. (M) 2009-07-27 Khin Yadanar Min, EEP nr: 200911
  10. (F) 2012-07-25 Bindi, EEP nr: 201210
  11. () 2016-03-16 La Min Kyaw, EEP nr: 201604 ? (unconfirmed)
Document updated2009-09-15: country origin
2010-05-01: prev. location Sonepur 
2010-09-23: mankiller
Contradictory records:
Often refered to as born on Sri Lanka, but in his book The Best of Friends, John Aspinall writes that all asian elephants, except Assam, were bought at the Sonepur market in India.

1984: 22-year-old elephant keeper Mark Aitken was killed when the bull elephant wrapped his trunk around the man and crushed his head against an iron railing. He was killed instantly by the 13-year-old elephant Bindu.

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Photo: Stephanie Wrobe

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