Plai Sak (Chieng Mai) at Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)

Male Asian elephant Sak (Chieng Mai) at Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)

Photo: Erland Axel Wadsten 2004.
Plai Sak (Chieng Mai)
ID Number:EEP Number: 6209 -    SSP Number: 513 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 58 years
Management:Protected contact
Location:Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)
ArrivedCopenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have) 1962-06-22
Born:1959 wild Thailand
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 14 babies

  1. (F) 1970-09-18 Irma, EEP nr: 7008, SSP nr: 754
  2. (F) 1975-12-15 Schottzie (Irma Boon Ma), EEP nr: 7505, SSP nr: 79
  3. (F) 1980-03-31 -- † 1984-09-08 Maia, EEP nr: 8003
  4. (M) 1981-11-10 Chang, EEP nr: 8112
  5. (M) 1983-03-18 -- † 1990-09-07 Haakon (Frederik), EEP nr: 8308
  6. (F) 1986-01-22 -- † 2003-09-21 Coco, EEP nr: 8603
  7. (F) 1991-10-28 -- † 1991-10-28 noname, EEP nr: 9101
  8. (M) 1996-03-15 -- † 2006-02-09 Santosh, EEP nr: 9601
  9. (M) 1997-02-17 -- † 1997-06-19 Hannibal
  10. (M) 2001-12-02 -- † 2003-10-06 Punjab
  11. (M) 2006-03-20 Gandhi, EEP nr: 200605
  12. (M) 2013-02-25 -- † 2014-11-24 Kao Sok (Khao Sok), EEP nr: 201304
  13. (F) 2013-08-26 -- † 2013-08-26 stillborn, EEP nr: 201312
  14. (M) 2015-09-04 -- † 2015-09-04 stillborn, EEP nr: 201500
Document updated2009-01-26: Text
2009-09-12: 
2010-11-21: SSP, Text RE

Plai is a prefix name, orginally a Mon word, meaning youthful male or a strong man, today used in Thailand for male elephants with tusks.

During a state visit to Thailand in 1962, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid were presented with the two elephants Chieng Mai and Buag Hah. Shipped from Thailand to Denmark with the ship M/S Sinaloa.

Coco was nine when she was bred by her father Chieng Mai, resulting in the birth of Hannibal.

Chieng Mai has an American SSP number because of his daughter Schottzie, sold to the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio in December 1978 at the age of three. He is not listed in the studbook.

2008-03-12: Chiang Mai were transfered to the newbuilt facility.

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