Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Boy at Kiev Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Boy  
Photo: Anna Westbury, Kiev Zoo
Photo: Anna Westbury, Kiev Zoo


EEP nr7002


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 41 years old
Body height: 3.30 meter, 10.8 feet

People killed:2
Born:* 1969 unknown
Birth place:
Dead: 2010-04-26
Death reason: unknown: poisoned?
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1985-05-23
(dead † 1987)
Kij EEP id: 8501
Present / last location:Kiev Zoo, in Ukraine

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1972-12-07Kiev Zoo
from Zoocentrum Moskwa (Objed)
Zoocentrum Moskwa (Objed) 1972-12-01
from USSR Government Circus
USSR Government Circus 1970-00-00
from Zoocentrum Moskwa (Objed)

Document updated2009-12-09: Shoulder-height, date of arrival in Kiev, birth status, transfer to PC from NC.
2010-04-26: death, poisoned
2010-04-28: not poisoned? Investigation
2011-03-16: mankiller
2012-02-29: corrected height
2018-05-22: link to EleWiki submitted
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† Boy is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Kiev Zoo, in Ukraine, 2010-04-26. Official death reason described as poisoned?. (see detailed list).


Total: 1 babies

  1. (M) 1985-05-23 -- † 1987 Kij EEP id: 8501


Boy was born unknown 1969.

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Contradictory records:
The EEG stated arrival In Kiev 1972-08-08 is most probably wrong.

2009-12-09: Shoulderheight: 3.45 metres? (not confirmed?).
2009-12-09: Arrival in Kiev 1972-12-07 confirmed. In Kiev listed as captive-born.
2010-04-26: died, according to the Zoo in Kiev, poisoned.
2010-04-27: Some remain skeptical about the poisoning theory.
2010-04-28: Whether Boy, the Kyiv municipal zoos only elephant, died on April 26 from poisoning or simply from poor care, is part of an ongoing investigation.

Is said to have killed 2 keepers and crushed one more.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Boy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Kiev Zoo in Ukraine. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 August 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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