Sir Roger the Asian elephant

West Court redisplay - Life Gallery closing Sunday 4 October

 As part of a major redisplay of the Life Gallery in the West Court, Sir Roger will be temporarily off display. The gallery will be closed until Spring 2016 and during this time, Sir Roger will be in the careful hands of our conservators. The team will carry out essential conservation work to ensure Sir Roger is in tiptop condition to take pride of place in the newly redisplayed gallery early next year.

For more information on the gallery redisplay, click here.


Sir Roger the Asian elephant is one of Kelvingrove’s oldest and also one of its most popular exhibits, especially with children. 

During the late 1880’s, Sir Roger toured the country as part of a travelling menagerie, before joining a newly opened zoo in Glasgow. It is reported that he lived happily at the zoo until October 1900. By then, Sir Roger was around 27 years old and had developed a painful condition which led to unpredictable aggression and he became very dangerous to handle. He began to attack zoo staff and eventually wouldn’t allow anyone near him. Reluctantly the zoo decided to put him down humanely on 6 December 1900. 

Sir Roger was later presented to Kelvingrove by the zoo and he has been on proud display ever since, much to the delight of millions of visitors over the years! ​
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