Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Birma (Bierma, Bolette) at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)

 ☨ ♀ Birma (Bierma, Bolette)  
Bierma being transported from Odense Zoo to Aalborg Zoo in June 1967.
Bierma being transported from Odense Zoo to Aalborg Zoo in June 1967.


EEP nr8601


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 25 years old
Born:* 1963 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1973
Dead: 1988-09-30
Death reason: disease: foot problems
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens), in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1988-03-24Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
from Chester Zoo

1986-06-25Chester Zoo
from Aalborg Zoo (Aalborg Zoologiske Have)

1967-06-00Aalborg Zoo (Aalborg Zoologiske Have)
from Odense Zoo (Odense Dyrehave)

Record history
History of updates2009-03-23: Previous locations, EEP, Birth, Death, Text
2009-09-14: prev location Odense and transfer 1967
2011-10-04: alt name Bolette, merged with nr 3492.

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Birma (Bierma, Bolette) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1988-09-30 at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens), in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as foot problems.


Birma (Bierma, Bolette) was born wild 1963, captured 1973 .

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Contradictory records:
According to EEP Bierma arrived Aalborg 1973-11-06 but the news article used as picture, states she came from Odense in June 1967.

Lena and Bierma arrived at Chester Zoo in June 1986 after eight years together at the Aalborg Zoo in Denmark. They were kept at Chester Zoo, at the request of Belfast Zoo, for approximately two years, while a new elephant house was being built for them at Belfast Zoo. Both elephants were transferred to Belfast Zoo in March 1988. Bierma died six months later
Birma's name is listed at Bierma in the 2007 European Asian Elephant Studbook, but was listed as Bolette in the 2005 version.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Birma (Bierma, Bolette), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 September 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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