Maxi an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Zurich Zoo

Male ♂ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Maxi at Zurich Zoo

Photo: © Heike Klabunde
☨ Maxi
Alternative name:Maknah, Mak
ID Number:EEP Number: 8110 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 51 years old
Dead date: 2020-02-10
Death reason: euthanised:
Location:Zurich Zoo
ArrivalZurich Zoo 1981-09-15
from Longleat Safari Park
Longleat Safari Park 1981-00-00
from Mary Chipperfield
Mary Chipperfield 1972-01-17
from Dudley Zoo
Born:* 1969 wild Thailand
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 13 babies

  1. (F) 1984-07-27 -- † 1995-04-02 Komali, EEP nr: 8410
  2. (F) 1985-05-24 -- † 1988-07-21 Lohimi, EEP nr: 8516
  3. (F) 1986-05-22 -- † 1986-05-22 stillborn, EEP nr: 8607
  4. (F) 1989-02-13 Panang, EEP nr: 8902
  5. (M) 1992-06-13 Mac, EEP nr: 9201, JAZA nr: ?
  6. () 1993-12-00 -- † 1993-12-00 stillborn
  7. (M) 1994-11-14 Upali, EEP nr: 9407
  8. (M) 1997-09-08 -- † 1999-11-20 Xian, EEP nr: 9701
  9. (M) 2000-06-10 -- † 2003-10-15 Aishu, EEP nr: 20002
  10. (F) 2002-05-14 Chandra, EEP nr: 200204
  11. (F) 2005-05-03 Farha, EEP nr: 200507
  12. (M) 2005-07-24 Fahim, EEP nr: 200511
  13. (F) 2014-06-17 Omysha, EEP nr: 201406
Document updated2009-03-07:�name spelling correction


2009-03-24:�arrival dates


2011-09-21:�Name RE

2017-03-08: link to ele-wiki submitted
2020-02-10: euthanised

Photo: George Frei, Switzerland.

In the last years Maxis musth time is in the winter. It starts in December or January and ends June or July, and his musth takes nearly a half year. We notice, when we clean his stable floor with water, that about 2 month before the musth really begins, the floor foams. In this time he is very horny, he try it by all cows.
George Frei



2020-02-10: euthanised on Monday after losing a lot of weight in recent months. According to the zoo, his molars were worn out to the extent that he was unable to get sufficient nutrition from the food he was given. He was having difficulty getting up despite being given special supplements and painkillers. Maxi is survived by 12 direct descendants, 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Maxi, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Zurich Zoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 September 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=28. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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