Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Schöpfi at Dresden Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant Schöpfi at Dresden Zoo

Shöpfi in Dresden 2005. Photo: © Petra Prager, Berlin



Shoepfi with rider Dan Koehl 1999
Photo: © Petra Schmidt, Dresden Zoo
† Schöpfi
ID Number:EEP Number: 6004 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Dead date: 2010-02-03,
Death reason: disease: foot problems, osteomyelitis
Location:Dresden Zoo
ArrivalDresden Zoo 1960-10-07
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) 1960-00-00
from Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Tierpark
Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Tierpark 1960-00-00
from George Munro
Born:1958 wild India
Capture: 1960, Assam, India
Imported:1960
Freight:Shipped together with two other elephants from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany
Document updated2010-02-04: death
2018-05-10:
Dan Koehl and Schöpfi in Dresden Zoo 1999
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.


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



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 volontarily came and asked fo scratching, see the photo to the right.

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