Coco (Sultan)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Coco (Sultan)  dead elephant


SSP nr81


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 40 years old
Born:* 1971 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1973
Dead: 2011-02-16
Death reason: unknown:
Total: 3 babies

1. Born 1999-02-15
(dead † 1999-02-15)
stillborn SSP id: 517

2. Born 2004-04-16 Bodhi SSP id: 551

3. Born 2009-03-27
(dead † 2022-06-18)
Beco SSP id: 657
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in United States

Date of arrival

1974-09-12Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
from Hersheypark (Zooamerica)

Hersheypark (Zooamerica)
from Bucky Steele

Bucky Steele
from Mike Rice

Record history
History of updates2011-02-17:�Death RE
2016-01-23: corr death year

Latest document update2020-10-19 14:24:00
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† Coco (Sultan) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2011-02-16 at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in United States, .


Total: 3 babies

  1. (M) 1999-02-15 -- † 1999-02-15 stillborn SSP id: 517
  2. (M) 2004-04-16 Bodhi SSP id: 551
  3. (M) 2009-03-27 -- † 2022-06-18 Beco SSP id: 657


Coco (Sultan) was born wild 1971, captured 1973 . and imported 1974?

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Contradictory records:

The Columbus Zoo's official records indicate that Coco was purchased from International Animal Exchange in 1974 and imported by IAE from India.

Columbus Zoo elephant staff found their 40 year old breeding bull Coco lying in his stall early morning on February 16. He died later that afternoon after failed attempts by staff to raise him to his Feet. The 10�6� elephant was survived by his two male offspring Bodhi and Beco, their dam Phoebe and another cow Connie.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Coco (Sultan), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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