Elephant locations in Sweden


29 locations has kept elephants in Sweden
There is presently 12 (5,7) living elephants in locations in Sweden (in this database)

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

29 locations has kept 45 elephants in Sweden

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

Elephants in locations12 (5,7) living33 (5,21) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  5 / 12 
 42%
 Female  7 / 12 
 58%
 Free contact  4 / 12 
 33%
 Protected contact  6 / 12 
 50%
 No contact  0 / 12  0%
 Unknown contact  2 / 12 
 17%
 wild  0 / 12  0%

The first elephant ever brought to Sweden was 1804, when a 10 year old Asian bull, owned by Mr. Jean Baptiste Gautier, toured on circus 1804-1806. Mr. Gauthier was forefather to Diana Rhodin and Mr. Axel Gauthier, late elephant trainer in USA.

Another elephant was kept on a permanent menagerie in Stockholm, Stockholm Tivoli. Menageries was prohibited by the king, in 30 oktober 1916.

Elephants has been held in Zoos since 1930. (Topsy and later Lunkentuss, Skansen Zoo)



Today, only two zoological gardens and one circus keep elephants: In Kolm�rden Zoo on the eastcoast, 150 km south of Stockholm, and Bor�s Zoo on the westcost, 100 km northeast from Gothenburg.


Elephants were previously kept at Skansen Zoo in Stockholm (4), Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna (5), and Furuviksparken, near G�vle (6), and also several circuses, the last one touring had elephants at the winterquarters in Malmoe.




The (1989) regulations from the ministry of agriculture,regarding keeping of elephants are:
Stable: Minimum 200 m2, and not less than 50 m2 per animal.Enclosure: Min. 2 000 m2, and with additional enclosure to separate individuals. Rubbing post, or similar, to enable skin care. Bathing pool, or likewise.


Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2020) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Sweden.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Internal relevant links

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

  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Anton Frank
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateÄlvsered
    (map)
    Västergötland
    Boras Zoo
    Kept totally 20 elephants
    , 7 present (2,5)7 births6 relocated7 deathszooBoras
    (map)
    Circus Brazil Jack
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscircusMalmö
    (map)
    Circus Caravan
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births8 relocated0 deathscircusMalmö
    (map)
    Circus Leonard (Cirkus Leonard Houcke)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    (map)
    Circus Orlando
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircusMalmö
    (map)
    Cirkus Rhodin
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscircusMalmö
    (map)
    Cirkus Scala (Cirkus Rolando)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated1 deathscircusHässleholm
    (map)
    Cirque du Nord (Cirkus du Nord)
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated4 deathscircus
    Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscircus
    Diana Rhodin
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated1 deathsprivateMalmö
    (map)
    Didier Gautiers menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    (map)
    Drottningholm Royal Palace
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateDrottningholm
    (map)
    Stockholm
    Eisfeldts menageri (Circus Leonard)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircusStockholm
    (map)
    Ekeberga farm
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateKristianstad
    (map)
    Eskilstuna Zoo
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated1 deathszooEskilstuna
    (map)
    Furuviksparken
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated2 deathszooGavle
    (map)
    Helsingborg veterinary hospital
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathshospitalHelsingborg
    (map)
    King Adolf Fredrik of Sweden
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateStockholm
    (map)
    King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateDrottningholm
    (map)
    Kolmarden Zoo
    Kept totally 24 elephants
    , 5 present (3,2)4 births8 relocated11 deathszooKolmarden
    (map)
    Museum of Karolinska skolan
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumÖrebro
    (map)
    Norrköping industrial hall temporary quarantine
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateNorrköping
    (map)
    Roland Persson
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumStockholm
    Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births5 relocated2 deathszooStockholm
    (map)
    Stockholms Tivoli
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathszooStockholm
    (map)
    Swedish Museum of Natural History
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumStockholm
    (map)
    Stockholm
    Torbjörn Aggenberg
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsdealerStockholm
    Zoo Circus
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births7 relocated0 deathscircusMalmö
    (map)



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