Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Poornima at Aaryans World School

 ☨ ♀ Poornima  

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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 65 years old

People killed:1
Born:* 1949 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2014-03-20
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Aaryans World School, in India

Date of Arrival
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2014-01-17Aaryans World School
from Rameshchandra Pandey
Rameshchandra Pandey 2013-10-00
from Aaryans World School
Aaryans World School 2013-09-08
from Katraj Zoo (Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park)
Katraj Zoo (Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park) 2007-06-06
from Rameshchandra Pandey

Document updated2013-09-14: transferred
2017-04-01: death
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† Poornima is a dead confiscated Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Aaryans World School, in India, 2014-03-20. (see detailed list).


Poornima was born wild 1949.

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1949 Born wild, Origin : Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

2001 Sundera Varma, David Abrahm and Manoj Oswal carried out an investigation report on Poornima available here

2008, Katraj Zoo authorities moved an application before Judicial Magistrate (first class) S J Ansari to hand over the custody of the pachyderm to forest department as they could not take care of her because of paucity of funds. Later Ved Prakash had taken over her custody.

2009, Poornima flung a pedestrian who came under the wheels of a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited bus and died.

2013 Sept , She was adopted by Aaryans World School with a party complete with cakes and fruits.

2013 Oct, School officials claim she was taken away by her mahout who was supposed to be her rightful owner.

2014 January 17, Poornima was returned to the school in poor health.

2014 March 15 , Manoj Oswal got a court order to move her to Wildlife Rehabilitation and Research Centre(WRRC)Bangalore

2014 March 20, Manoj Oswal claimed alleged assault by school guards at the school grounds.

2014 March 21 2.30 p.m, News of Poornima's death reached animal rights activists in Pune.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Poornima, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Aaryans World School in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 August 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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