Boy an Asian elephant at Kiev Zoo

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

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 41 years old
Id numberEEP Number: 7002
Body height: 3.30 meter, 10.8 feet

People killed:2
Born:* 1969 unknown
Birth place:
Dead date: 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

1972-12-07 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, from unknown reasons in 2010-04-26, 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, (2020). Boy, an Asian at Kiev Zoo in Ukraine. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 November 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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