Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Knies Kinderzoo in Switzerland

♀ Mapalay
Alternative name: Ma Palej, Ma Palai


EEP nr8801


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1986 wild
Birth place:
Imported:1988? by E.A.G. van den Brink
Freight:By boat from Rangoon, Burma to Rotterdam
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Knies Kinderzoo, in Switzerland

Date of arrival

2016-00-00Knies Kinderzoo
from Circus Knie

1988-11-00Circus Knie
from Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)

Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)
from E.A.G. van den Brink

E.A.G. van den Brink
from Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE)

Record history
History of updates2009-11-29: new record
2016-12-18: transfer
2021-09-15: Importer van den Brink

Latest document update2021-09-15 21:40:30
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Mapalay is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Knies Kinderzoo, in Switzerland.

Mapalay arrived in 2016-00-00 to the Knies Kinderzoo, relocated from the Circus Knie, in Switzerland.

Mapalay lives together with 8 other elephants at the Knies Kinderzoo:
  1. Ceylon II born 1970
  2. Kalaya born 2013-11-01
  3. Kamon born 2022-05-07
  4. Mekong born ~1982
  5. Rani born 1982
  6. Sabu born 1984
  7. Sandry born 1999-11-27
  8. Thisiam born 1998-05-04

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


Mapalay was born wild 1986. and imported 1988? by E.A.G. van den Brink, By boat from Rangoon, Burma to Rotterdam

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Mapalay, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Knies Kinderzoo in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 March 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling


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Categories1986 births | Born in Myanmar | EEP | 1988 imports | Elephants from Knies Kinderzoo | Switzerland | Asian elephants

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