African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Louie (Old Diamond) at Knoxville Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Louie (Old Diamond)  


SSP nr11


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 34 years old
Born:* 1946 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1947
Dead: 1980-09-10
Death reason: disease: infection associated, generalized toxicity; buried
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 1978-03-02
(dead † 2014-06-17)
Little Diamond SSP id: 170

2. Born 1978-05-16
(dead † 1986-03-25)
Hillery SSP id: 171
Present / last location:Knoxville Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1962-00-00Knoxville Zoo
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1955-07-00
from Cecil R. Montgomery
Cecil R. Montgomery 1955-00-00
from International Fertilizer and Chemical Company (Fred Zeehandelaar)

Document updated2008-12-25: SSP, Birth, Death
2009-11-24: text
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† Louie (Old Diamond) is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died at Knoxville Zoo, in United States, from disease 1980-09-10. Official death reason described as infection associated, generalized toxicity; buried. (see detailed list).


Total: 2 babies

  1. (F) 1978-03-02 -- † 2014-06-17 Little Diamond SSP id: 170
  2. (F) 1978-05-16 -- † 1986-03-25 Hillery SSP id: 171


Louie (Old Diamond) was born wild 1946, captured 1947 . and imported 1955

Comments / pictures

Fred Zeehandelaar imported a bush elephant from Tanganyika (or Kenya), but he was only a punk. We knew him later as Diamond, and he was delivered to RBBB during its 1955 date in Detroit.
Richard Reynolds

The African elephant "Diamond", was trained by Hugo Schmitt 1957 in Sarasota and well remembered from his latter days in the Knoxville Zoo.
William Buckles Woodcock

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Louie (Old Diamond), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Knoxville Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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