Jeheskel "Hezy" Shoshani


Age: 65

former professor at Wayne State University and noted elephant authority who became interested in elephants after reading Burma Boy by Willis Lindquist and devoted years to researching the animals' evolutionary behavior along with their anatomy and physiology, who had contributed a skeleton of a famous circus elephant to the school and one of a mastodon to Oakland Community College, where he established the Elephant Research Foundation in 1977 during nearly 25 years of teaching biology at Wayne State, who published about 200 scientific articles and books on elephants and edited the publication Elephant.

Cause of Death: Killed in a bus explosion

Born: January 23, 1943

Died: May 20, 2008

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia