Elephants at zoo locations in Sweden

6 zoo locations has kept elephants in Sweden
There is presently 11 (5,6) living elephants in zoo locations in Sweden (in this database)

Region: Sweden is in this database included in europeOther regions
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6 zoo locations has kept 37 elephants in Sweden

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

Elephants in zoo locations11 (5,6) living26 (5,18) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  5 / 11 
 Female  6 / 11 
 Free contact  0 / 11  0%
 Protected contact  11 / 11 
 No contact  0 / 11  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 11  0%
 wild  0 / 11  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, (2021) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Sweden.
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Internal relevant links

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

  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Boras Zoo
    Kept totally 22 elephants
    , 7 present (3,4)9 births7 relocated8 deathszooBoras
    Eskilstuna Zoo
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated1 deathszooEskilstuna
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated2 deathszooGavle
    Kolmarden Zoo
    Kept totally 24 elephants
    , 4 present (2,2)4 births9 relocated11 deathszooKolmarden
    Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births5 relocated2 deathszooStockholm
    Stockholms Tivoli
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathszooStockholm

    This document was updated: 2012-04-16 12:45:27

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