African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Cosi (Bud) at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

 ☨ ♂ Cosi (Bud)  


SSP nr116


Species:African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 20 years old
Born:* 1971 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1972
Dead: 1991-11-10
Death reason: disease: intestinal blockage
Present / last location:Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1972-06-19Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Document updated2008-12-25: New elephant RE
2010-03-28: species changed to LC
2010-04-09: Text
2011-02-21: Death RE
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† Cosi (Bud) is a dead Male ♂ African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), , who died at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in United States, from disease 1991-11-10. Official death reason described as intestinal blockage. (see detailed list).


Cosi (Bud) was born wild 1971, captured 1972 . and imported 1972?

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He had a broken tusk, so the confirmation of what remained could have been influenced by that break, as often happens. The remaining tusk was very straight, but did not point straight down - not a deal breaker. His overall size at 19 years of age was typical of a cyclotis male, and the sweep and shape of his ear was very consistent with cyclotis. He was imported out of Sierra Leone. He also looked very much like the cyclotis I saw in Garamba, who were the remnants of the group from Gangala-na-Bodio the Belgians training center in then-Zaire.
Harry Peachey, Columbus Zoo, 2010

"Bud, an African bull elephant, died of an intestinal obstruction in 1991 at age 20 after living at the zoo for 19 years. Parts of his body were taken to OSU's veterinary school for study. His skull was kept at the zoo for educational purposes."

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Cosi (Bud), African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) located at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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