Wastl an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Berlin Zoo

☨ Wastl
ID Number:EEP Number: 3202 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 11 years old
Dead date: 1943-11-22,
Death reason: killed: shot, after he escaped from the elephant house, after it was bombed
People killed:1
Location:Berlin Zoo
ArrivalBerlin Zoo 1939-03-21
from Munich Zoo (Munchner Tierpark Hellabrunn)
Born:* 1932-05-08 captive-born
in Munich Zoo (Munchner Tierpark Hellabrunn)
Birth weight (kgs and pounds): 50.00 kgs, 110.00 lbs
Parents: Boy x Cora
Siblings through the father Boy:
  1. 1934-12-31 -- † 1968-12-09 (F) Stasi
  2. 1935-06-18 -- † 1946-04-25 (M) Seppl
  3. 1935-06-24 -- † 1935-06-24 (F) stillborn
  4. 1935-06-27 -- † 1935-06-27 (F) stillborn
Siblings through the mother Cora:
  1. 1935-06-18 -- † 1946-04-25 (M) Seppl
Wastls pedigree:
P I II III

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Document updated2012-06-16: 
Records about Wastl from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Wastl:

3202 M 8 May 1932 1003 CORA MUNICH 8 May 1932 NONE Birth Wastl
BERLINZOO 1 Jan 1939 NONE Transfer
22 Nov 1943 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online


A very early birth, only 50 kgs heavy, and the mother had no milk by the birth. During the first two weeks handreared by elephant keeper Hans Werner, later succesfully introduced to the mother.

Mankiller: killed the elephant keeper Hans Werner 1938-07-17 by six year of age.

Contradictory records:
1. EEG state arrival in Berlin 21.3, while other sources state arrival 31.3
2. Some sources state that he was shot during the bombings. (EEG)

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Wastl, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Berlin Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 September 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1443. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Elefanten in Berlin by Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, Berlin Zoo
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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