Atlantic walrus (O. r. rosmarus)

wild caught in 1939

deceased in 1939

Ancestors and Descendants

No known related animals.

Transfer History

  1. capture 1939 in Smith Sound, Greenland

  2. transfer 1939 to Korkeasaari Zoo

  3. death 1939 at Korkeasaari Zoo

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Notes and Information

This walrus was purchased in 1939 and housed in a temporary enclosure on the shore of Palosaari, but died over winter that same year; ice damaged the fencing of its habitat, allowing the animal to escape. It was later found dead in the vicinity of the escape site. One source claims that it had drowned, and was found trapped under the ice over 300 feet away from its enclosure.

A second individual, purchased alongside this animal, died in Norway en route to the zoo.


  • 2010. Arkkitehtitoimisto Schulman Oy, maisemasuunnittelu Hemgård. Korkeasaari, Hylkysaari ja Palosaari kulttuuriympäristöselvitys. Retrieved from senaatti.fi.

  • 1939. Helsingin Kaupungin Tilastotoimiston. Kertomus Helsingin kaupungin kunnallishallinnosta, 1939. Retrieved from Helsingin kaupunginarkisto.