Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Denver Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Kimbo  dead elephant


SSP nr167


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 44 years old
Born:* 1970 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1970
Dead: 2014-10-10
Death reason: euthanised: anorexia
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Denver Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2012-12-20Denver Zoo
from Fort Worth Zoo

1986-04-29Fort Worth Zoo
from Caldwell Zoo

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† Kimbo is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2014-10-10 at Denver Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as anorexia.


Kimbo was born wild 1970, captured 1970 .

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In 1970, school children raised money for the zoo. Part of the $4,000 they raised was used to purchase Kimbo, Caldwell Zoos first elephant who arrived in 1971.

She was three Feet tall and still feeding from a bottle. In the fall of 1977 she moved into the zoos new elephant house with two other new African cows. In the 1980s the zoo began its cooperation with other zoos for breeding efforts when they loaned Kimbo to the Fort Worth Zoo and received Tanya, an African cow, on loan from the St. Louis Zoo. Both St. Louis and Fort Worth were beginning Asian Elephant Breeding Programs.

Kimbo in Denver Zoo
Kimbo at arrival in Caldwell

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Kimbo, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Denver Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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