African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica in Brazil

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Dandara  dead elephant
Dandara displayed as museum specimen.
Dandara as museum specimen. Photo: David Matos Mendes, 22 Oct 2020 at Museum of PUC Minas.
Taxidermy locationPontificia Catholic University Museum, Belo Horizonte, Brazil



Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 15 years old
Born:* 1995 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2010-04-03
Death reason: maternal death: died because she couldnt deliver her female calf
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2010-04-00
(dead † 2010-04-00)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica, in Brazil

Date of arrival

1998-06-20Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica
Record history
History of updates2009-01-28: New elephant
2009-08-02: arrival, origin
2010-04-16: death
2010-05-13: Text
2010-05-22: removed dead link
2021-07-05: taxidermy

Latest document update2021-07-04 19:36:08
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† Dandara is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2010-04-03 at Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica, in Brazil, . Official death reason described as died because she couldnt deliver her female calf.

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Pontificia Catholic University Museum, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, since 2020-00-00.


  1. (F) 2010-04-00 -- † 2010-04-00 noname


Dandara was born wild 1995.

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Dandara was anesthetized to see if the baby was alive and as the death of the baby was confimed, some medicines was administraded to help her expel the dead baby wich has passed the cérvix but she was unable to expel. Then, a few days later, as she was still unable to expel the baby, the vets anesthetized her again to take out the baby. A vaginal vestibulotomia surgery was done, but because of the babys size and weight: 140 Kg plus the fact it was dead, emphisematous and with an irregular presentation in the birth canal it wasn’t possible to remove it. Unfortunatelly Dandara (the female) died on 04/03/2010 from serious circulatory complications, the baby was female.
Cynthia F. Cipreste, Belo Horizonte Zoo

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Dandara, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica in Brazil. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4585. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories2010 deaths | Pontificia Catholic University Museum Taxidermy | 1995 births | Born in Namibia | Breeding cows | Elephants from Belo Horizonte Zoobotanica | Brazil | African savanna elephants

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