Elephant locations in Finland

8 locations has kept elephants in Finland
There is presently 0 (0,0) living elephants in locations in Finland (in this database)

Elephant locations in <span style=Finland' src=images/zoolandia_map.gif width="58" height="101" >

Region: Finland is in this database included in europeOther regions
Location holdings:

8 locations has kept 11 elephants in Finland

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in locations0 (0,0) living11 (0,2) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  0 / 0  0%
 Female  0 / 0  0%
 Free contact  0 / 0  0%
 Protected contact  0 / 0  0%
 No contact  0 / 0  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 0  0%
 wild  0 / 0  0%

Prehistoric time

Datings indicate that there were large ice-free areas in Fennoscandia prior to the last glacial maximum c. 18,000 yBP. A number of Woolly Mammoths has been excavated from this time. The datings also indicate a very fast growth of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet to its maximum position.

Recent time

There are about 70 zoos and animal parks in Finland, most of which are rather small animal sanctuaries or farm enterprises. The biggest zoos are located in Helsinki (Korkeasaari Zoo), Ranua (Ranua Zoo), Ähtäri (Ähtäri Zoo), and Lieto (Zoolandia).

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has issued a Decision listing the animals that may be used in circuses and similar exhibitions where animals are taught to perform tricks. In Finland it is illegal, for example, to use predatory animals, primates, elephants, ostriches or seals in circuses, while domestic animals such as cats, dogs and horses, are allowed to perform to the public.

So elephants on circus are prohobited in Finland, and the last elephant in a Zoo, Vanni, left Zoolandia (red dot on the map) and Finland in 2005, to Nikolaev Zoo, where she died after nine months..

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in Finland. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Finland.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others

Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • News about elephants in Finland (From the sister site Elephant News)

  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Circus Finlandia
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircusMustio
    Circus Sariola
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    Finland unspecified forest
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)9 births0 relocated9 deathsexcavation site
    Finnish Museum of Natural History
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumHelsinki
    Helsinki Zoo
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated1 deathszooHelsinki
    Port of Helsinki
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsseaportHelsinki
    Suomen Tivoli
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated1 deathszooLieto

    This document was updated: 2020-10-13 20:39:14

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