Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Dresden Zoo in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Schöpfi  dead elephant
Shöpfi in Dresden 2005. Photo: © Petra Prager, Berlin
Shöpfi in Dresden 2005. Petra Prager, Berlin, Germany.


EEP nr6004


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place: in Assam unspecified forest
Capture: 1960 Assam, India
Imported:1960 by George Munro
Freight:Shipped together with two other elephants from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany
Dead: 2010-02-03
Death reason: disease: foot problems, osteomyelitis
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Dresden Zoo, in Germany

Date of arrival

1960-10-07Dresden Zoo
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

1960-00-00Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
from Tierpark Berlin

1960-00-00Tierpark Berlin
from Bremerhafen

from Port of Calcutta

Port of Calcutta
from George Munro

George Munro
from Assam unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2010-02-04: death
2021.09-15: location history updated

Latest document update2021-09-15 11:05:08
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† Schöpfi is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2010-02-03 at Dresden Zoo, in Germany, . Official death reason described as foot problems, osteomyelitis.


Schöpfi was born wild 1958 at Assam unspecified forest, captured 1960 , captured at Assam, India. and imported 1960 by George Munro, Shipped together with two other elephants from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany

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Schöpfi was named after Albin Schöpf (born 1823) director in Dresden Zoo 1861-1881.

Schöpfi in Dresden Zoo
Shöpfi was a very kind and gentle elephant that had gone through a lot. She was captured in Assam, India, in 1960, and shipped together with two other elephants (possibly Nika?) from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany.

During an outbreak of elephant smallpox in DDR in the beginning of the 90´s, she lost all of her Herd 1990-1991, as lone survivor.

She was very fond of getting scratched with a rake during the morning work, and voluntarily came and asked for scratching.

Schöpfi in Dresden Zoo

Shoepfi with rider Dan Koehl 1999
Photo: © Petra Schmidt, Dresden Zoo

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Schöpfi, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Dresden Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Jörg Burger, head elephantkeeper, Dresden Zoo
  • Winfried Gensch, Dresden Zoo
  • Jonas Livet, France


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