Tanja an Asian elephant at Sosto Zoo

♀ Tanja

Alternative name:Tanya


EEP nr8204


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 46 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1975 unknown
Birth place:
Present / last location:Sosto Zoo, in Hungary

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2009-09-12Sosto Zoo
from Terra Natura theme park, Benidorm
Terra Natura theme park, Benidorm 2004-08-29
from Gänserndorf Safari Park
Gänserndorf Safari Park 2002-11-09
from Port Lympne Zoo
Port Lympne Zoo 1992-07-23
from Boras Zoo
Boras Zoo 1982-03-01
from Eskilstuna Zoo
Eskilstuna Zoo
from Trivandrum Zoo
Trivandrum Zoo
from Zoo-Forss (Ingemar Forss)

Document updated2009-09-14: transfer to sosto zoo
2010-04-10: free contact
2011-10-08: picture from time in Boras
2012-09-02: corr arr date
2018-05-03: prev location Trivandrum Zoo
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Tanja is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), located at Sosto Zoo, in Hungary.

Tanja arrived Sosto Zoo 2009-09-12, relocated from Terra Natura theme park, Benidorm, in Spain.

In Sosto Zoo, Tanja lives together with 7 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Buba (Bupa) born 1982
  2. ,
  3. Jack born 1992
  4. ,
  5. Kimani born 2018-06-16
  6. ,
  7. Kito (Nyiregyhaza) born 2015-06-19
  8. ,
  9. Kwanza born 2001-08-13
  10. ,
  11. Motki born 1969
  12. ,
  13. Yasmin (Yasmine) born 1966
  14. , (see detailed list).


Tanja was born unknown 1975.

Comments / pictures

According to EEG born 1972?

Attacked keepers Mikael Eriksson and Tony Svensson in Boras Zoo, why she was transfered to off-hand and exported to Port Lympne. Very hairy in younger ages.

Official origin in EEP records is Thailand, But according to Jonas Wahlström, Skansen-Akvariet, Stockholm, Sweden, she was shipped from the port in Trivandrum, with origin from south India. (Jonas and animal-dealer Ingemar Forss went with her on the ship from India)

Tanja had during her first 25 years extremely amounts of hair, see photo.

Tanja as teenager in Borås Zoo

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tanja, an Asian elephant at Sosto Zoo in Hungary. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 May 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1376. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Dan Koehl
  • Erland Axel Wadsten
  • Jonas Wahlström
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger


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