Tembo an African savanna elephant at Hannover Zoo

Male ♂ African savanna Tembo at Hannover Zoo

Tembo and Wolfgang Ramin
☨ Tembo
ID nr:EEP Number: 5102 - 
Species: African savanna elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 26 years old
Body height: 3.45 meter, 11.3 feet
Dead date: 1977-08-30
Death reason: euthanised: stepped on and fractured his own hindleg after anesthesia
Location:Hannover Zoo
ArrivalHannover Zoo 1963-05-31 from Firma Ruhe
Firma Ruhe 1963-05-00
from Circus Knie
Circus Knie 1953-00-00
from Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo 1952-11-01
from August Künzler Big Game Ranch

from Ruaha National Park
Born:* 1951 wild
in Ruaha National Park Tanzania
Capture: 1952 ,
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    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 Kibo, EEP nr: 7704
Document updated2009-03-15:country origin, arrival dates



2017-03-09: link to Elefanten-Fotolexikon (Petra Prager) submitted
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, D., (2020). Tembo, an African savanna at Hannover Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=48. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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