African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Motty at Chester Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Motty  



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ < 1, unknown age
Born:* 1978-07-11 captive-born
Birth place: in Chester Zoo
Dead: 1978-07-21
Death reason: disease: umbilical infection
Present / last location:Chester Zoo, in United Kingdom

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1978-07-11Chester Zoo

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† Motty is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died at Chester Zoo, in United Kingdom, from disease 1978-07-21. Official death reason described as umbilical infection. (see detailed list).


Motty was born captive-born 1978-07-11 at Chester Zoo.

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Named Motty after George Mottershead, who founded Chester Zoo in 1930, when he brought his family to live in Oakfield House at Upton-by-Chester in Cheshire. (Paul A. Rees)

Motty was thought in the past, to be the only crossbreed ever between African and Asian elephant. More recent research indicate that the The straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus), an extinct elephant whose closest extant relative is the African forest elephant, interbred with the Asian elephant, as recovered DNA has shown (Callaway, se sources below).

Read more about Motty at Motty the elephant crossbreed: Loxodonta africana x Elephas maximus

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Motty, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Chester Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Derek Lyon, prev. Vet Chester Zoo
  • Rees, P. A. (2001). A history of the National Elephant Centre, Chester Zoo. International Zoo News. 48(30: 170-183.
  • Callaway, E. (2016-09-16). "Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2016.20622.


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