Ellen an Asian elephant at Copenhagen Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Ellen  
Photo from the book Zoologisk Have gennem 50 år, by Dir. Julius Schiøtt, København 1909.
Photo from the book Zoologisk Have gennem 50 år, by Dir. Julius Schiøtt, København 1909.

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 35 years old
Id numberEEP Number: 952
Status:foot problems
Born:* 1894 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1929-10-09
Death reason: euthanised: shot with rifle, post mortum showed Rickets
Total: 3 babies

1. Born 1907-12-09
(dead † 1927-03-00)
Kaspar EEP id: 0701

2. Born 1912-04-06
(dead † 1921-09-17)
Julius EEP id: 1203

3. Born 1916-04-03
(dead † 1916-04-25)
Lauritz EEP id: 1601
Present / last location:Copenhagen Zoo, in Denmark

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1896-10-22Copenhagen Zoo
from Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu

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† Ellen is a dead foot problems Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Copenhagen Zoo, in Denmark, of euthanised in 1929-10-09. Official death reason described as shot with rifle, post mortum showed Rickets. (see detailed list).


  1. (M) 1907-12-09 -- † 1927-03-00 Kaspar EEP id: 0701
  2. (M) 1912-04-06 -- † 1921-09-17 Julius EEP id: 1203
  3. (M) 1916-04-03 -- † 1916-04-25 Lauritz EEP id: 1601


Ellen was born wild 1894. and imported 1896, ship

Comments / pictures

The photo is taken the day before Ellen was euthanised. The post mortum showed that she suffered from rickets. Photo from the book Inden for burene by Hans Hvass, Copenhagen 1942.

Records about Ellen from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Ellen:

952 F ~ 1895 WILD WILD THAILAND ~ 1895 NONE Birth ELLEN
COPENHAGE 22 Oct 1896 10366 Transfer
9 Oct 1929 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Ellen, an Asian at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 February 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1149. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Jens Madsen, Copenhagen


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