Before becoming a zoo, the area was named Bellevue Gardens.
In April 2009, 48 year old Jenny and 36 year old Dunja were 'retired' to the Belfast Zoo from their home in Hannover. Both were previous circus elephants (Dunja was confiscated by German officials from Circus Montecarlo) and will be joining 32 year old Yhetoo and 44 year old Tina. Tina has has resided in Belfast since 1966, while Yhetoo arrived in January 2009 from the Krefeld Zoo in Germany. In 2009, the zoo in Northern Ireland changed their management program to protected contact and care for non-breeding females at the recommendation of Europe's Asian Elephant breeding program.