African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Hannover Zoo in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Tembo  dead elephant
Tembo and Wolfgang Ramin
Tembo and Wolfgang Ramin


EEP nr5102


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 26 years old
Body height: 3.45 meter, 11.3 feet
Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Ruaha National Park
Capture: 1952-09-21
Imported:1952 by Basel Zoo
Dead: 1977-08-30
Death reason: euthanised: stepped on and fractured his own hindleg after anesthesia
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 1968-06-04
(dead † 1968-06-18)

2. Born 1973-03-29
(dead † 1979)

3. Born 1974-09-18
(dead † 1974-09-18)

4. Born 1977-11-27
(dead † 2022-07-08?)
Kibo EEP id: 7704
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Hannover Zoo, in Germany

Date of arrival

1963-05-31Hannover Zoo
from Firma Ruhe

1963-05-00Firma Ruhe
from Circus Knie

1953-00-00Circus Knie
from Basel Zoo

1952-11-01Basel Zoo
from Basel SBB railway station

1952-11-01Basel SBB railway station
from Genoa railway station

1952-10-00Genoa railway station 1952-10-00
from Port of Genoa

1952-10-00Port of Genoa
from Port of Mombasa

1952-09-00Port of Mombasa
from August Künzler Big Game Ranch

1952-09-21August Künzler Big Game Ranch
from Ruaha National Park

Record history
History of updates2023-09-27

Latest document update2021-09-18 17:34:09
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† Tembo is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1977-08-30 at Hannover Zoo, in Germany, . Official death reason described as stepped on and fractured his own hindleg after anesthesia.


Total: 4 babies

  1. (F) 1968-06-04 -- † 1968-06-18 Tangi
  2. (M) 1973-03-29 -- † 1979 Hannibal
  3. (F) 1974-09-18 -- † 1974-09-18 miscarriage
  4. (M) 1977-11-27 -- † 2022-07-08? Kibo EEP id: 7704


Tembo was born wild 1951 at Ruaha National Park, captured 1952-09-21 . and imported 1952 by Basel Zoo

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1963: Tembo left for Circus Knie after a few months and ultimately became breeding bull at Hannover ZooDr. Peter Dollinger, Zoo Office Bern, Switzerland

Until his death by 26 years of age, the bull Tembo was kept chained night time in the stable, which was possible due to the free contact management by elephant keeper Wolfgang Ramin.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tembo, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Hannover Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=48. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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