Little Cohn (Maly Kohn, Chonor)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Poznan Zoo in Poland

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Little Cohn (Maly Kohn, Chonor)  dead elephant


EEP nr531


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 71 years old
Born:* 1853 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1924-08-22
Death reason: disease: gangrene in leg, pneumonia, circulation problems
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Poznan Zoo, in Poland

Date of arrival

1913-05-00Poznan Zoo
from Circus Sarrasani

1906-00-00Circus Sarrasani
from Circus Busch (Paul Busch)

Record history
History of updates0000-00-00

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† Little Cohn (Maly Kohn, Chonor) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1924-08-22 at Poznan Zoo, in Poland, . Official death reason described as gangrene in leg, pneumonia, circulation problems.


Little Cohn (Maly Kohn, Chonor) was born wild 1853.

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Records about Little Cohn (Maly Kohn, Chonor) from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Little Cohn (Maly Kohn, Chonor):

531 M ~ 1853 WILD WILD CIRCUS 1 Jan 1860 NONE Transfer LITTLE JOH
POZNAN ~ Jun 1913 NONE Transfer
16 Aug 1924 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

Contradictory records:

EEP state he died 1924-08-16 claim he arrived in June 1913, and died 1924-08-16

When Circus Sarassani arrived to Poznan they said they had this very dangerous elephant male, he was throwing things toward keepers etc, he was really aggressive. One night he escaped from his cage and headed toward the warehouse. Circus director started to shoot to him because the elephant was really dangerous. But he didn’t kill him, elephant got 12 bullets and as a result he had artery behind the ear damaged – and he survived. After getting hurt he came back to his cage in the area of Poznan Zoo. Keepers from circus were so scared of him that they left him as a gift for Poznan Zoo.
Olga Dabrowska, Poznan Zoo, Poland
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Little Cohn (Maly Kohn, Chonor), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Poznan Zoo in Poland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Olga Dabrowska, Poznan Zoo, Poland
  • P. Rachowiak
  • Ogród Zoologiczny w Poznaniu - dzieje i perspektywy rozwoju. red.:Urbanski J., Taborski A., Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Warszawa, Poznan 1975
  • Page 52,
    Jumbo auf dem Drahtseil - Elefanten dressuren von gestern und heute by Gerhard Zapf

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