Thandi (Tandi) at Pretoria Zoo

Thandi (Tandi)
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Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Management:Protected contact
People killed:1
Location:Pretoria Zoo
ArrivedPretoria Zoo 2001-07-30
from Brian Boswells Circus
Brian Boswells Circus 1984-00-00
from Hwange National Park (Wankie National Park)
Born:1981 wild in
Hwange National Park (Wankie National Park)
Document updated2009-08-07: New elephant
2009-11-19: loan from Boswells
2009-11-25: prev locations
2010-09-16: alt name, alt birth year, arrival
2012-10-07: pc
On loan from the owner Brian Boswells Circus.


April 15, 2001: Handler Killed by Circus Elephant on Film Set in South Africa - A handler was killed by a female elephant, which was being used on a film set, in Broederstroom outside Johannesburg on Sunday, police said. A co-owner of Glen Africa farm outside Broederstroom, Vicky Brooker, said Fiso Mbambo, 23, was killed while walking through the veld with five fellow handlers, who worked for circus owner Brian Boswell, at around 2:30 p.m. The elephant was one of seven elephants being used as background animals for the filming of Olie, a film being made for video release. According to witnesses, the elephant "just pushed him over, knelt on him and walked over him and down to the river." The man, who was the elephant's handler for three years, died at the scene.

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