Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo) in Malaysia

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Rocco  dead elephant
Rocco with rider <a href="">Nick Simpson</a>, zookeeper from Chessington Zoo, 2006.
Rocco with rider Nick Simpson, zookeeper from Chessington Zoo, 2006.



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus borneensis
Sex and age:Male ♂ 27 years old
Born:* 1984-00-00 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1991
Dead: 2011-02-21
Death reason: unknown: due to prolonged recumbency
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 2008-02-01 Sumandak

2. Born 2008-05-00 Amoi
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo), in Malaysia

Date of arrival

2006-00-00Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo)
Record history
History of updates2011-02-24: death
2018-10-01: link to EleWiki submitted

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Rocco is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2011-02-21 at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo), in Malaysia, . Official death reason described as due to prolonged recumbency.


Total: 2 babies

  1. (M) 2008-02-01 Sumandak
  2. (F) 2008-05-00 Amoi


Rocco was born wild 1984-00-00, captured 1991 .

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Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) senior chief veterinarian, Dr Sen
Nathan told the Borneo Post yesterday that the elephant, estimated to
be around 27 years old, died less than 24 hours after displaying signs
of sudden weakness which led to recumbency.
“We treated him with emergency Intravenous and subcutaneous fluid
therapy,” he said.
However, the elephant succumbed and died the next day at about 3.30am.
He explained that the cause of death was due to prolonged recumbency
as a sequel to sudden weakness due to the elephant’s immense body
He said that staying on its side for prolonged periods can put
pressure on their internal organs and cause respiratory and circulatory
failure throughout the body.
“We have already sent samples to the Veterinary Service Department’s
Animal Disease Research Center. We are awaiting the results from
bacteriological investigations,” he said. For the past three years, Rocco has been off exhibit as developing Musth and has to be kept off exhibit , he said.
“One good thing from his life in captivity is having left behind three
beautiful baby elephants – two female elephants, Sumandak and Amoi
and a male, Ganesh,” he said.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Rocco, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo) in Malaysia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 4 March 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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