African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
unknown at Versailles menagerie

 ☨ ♀ unknown  
Taxidermy locationParis National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France



Species:African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 17 years old
Born:* 1664 unknown
Birth place: in Africa unspecified location
Dead: 1681-01-22
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Versailles menagerie, in France

Date of Arrival
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1665-00-00Versailles menagerie

Document updated2010-09-22: species, arrival, origin country, source
2012-02-25: cyclotis
2013-03-31: a thief cut of a tusk at the museum
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† unknown is a dead Female ♀ African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), , who died at Versailles menagerie, in France, 1681-01-22.

The Taxidermy remains of this animal is within the Taxidermy collection at Paris National Museum of Natural History, in Paris, France, since 1681-00-00.

(see detailed list).


unknown was born unknown 1664 at Africa unspecified location.

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2013-03-31: Police in France have arrested a man for allegedly breaking into the Museum of Natural History in Paris, and cutting a tusk off the skeleton of an elephant that once belonged to a French king.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). unknown, African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) located at Versailles menagerie in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • The African Forest Elephant and its status in captivity. Part 1: Europe, by Don Cousins, International Zoo News No. 251 (41/2) March 1994
  • Page 57, The Wild Elephants and the Method of Capturing and Taming it in Ceylon, by J. Emerson Tennent
  • Memoires Pour Servir L'Histoire Naturelle
  • Page 258, Elephants: A Cultural and Natural History, by Karl Groning and Martin Saller


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