Sir Roger the Asian elephant

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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