Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have) in Denmark

Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)
Photo: © Jens Madsen
Photo: © Jens Madsen
Typezoo
Founded1859
First elephant1878
AddressSdr. Fasanvej 79
PlaceCopenhagen
CountryDenmark
Websitehttp://www.zoo.dk

Copenhagen has a long tradition of breeding elephants. The first calf, Kaspar was born already 1907, and the king of Denmark has several elephants as a gift from the king of Thailand.

The late Danish king Frederik IX wrote a handwritten letter the 29th of January 1962 to the chairman of the board of the Copenhagen Zoo, Dr. Böje Benzon, with the following content:

Dr Böje Benzon
As You know, I was honored with the gift of three elephant babies in Thailand; when the first arrives i dont know, but I would like to ask You if I may deponate them in Zoologisk Have. The youngest and last one is only seven months old, so I doubt that he comes within the nest two years. The other two, I believe, comes within two months.
With best greetings to Your wife,
Yours sincerely
Frederik



2001: In 2001 Copenhagen recieved three elephants from Surin in Thailand, 2 a gift from the king of Thailand, to the king of Denmark, and a thir, named Surin, was a gift from the people of Surin Province. Copenhagen staff: On the bottom from left are; John Stegmann, Kim Oliver and Claus Pedersen. On the right is Peter Jensen.(Photo: Photo © Nai Somchai Madee, Ban Ta Klang,Surin.)

Headkeepers:
Early nineties: Jens Larsen












Area of the Old Elephant Enclosure compared to the New Elephant Enclosure
Old facilityNew facility
Total area2,025 m210,730 m2
Elephant area indoor250 m21,360 m2
Elephant area outdoor820 m23,350 m2
Technique and service140 m2770 m2
Visitors’ area indoor120 m2950 m2

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