Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Belfast Zoo in United Kingdom

♀ Dunja


EEP nr7314


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 50 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1973 wild
Birth place:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Belfast Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

2009-04-04Belfast Zoo
from Hannover Zoo

1998-03-31Hannover Zoo
from Circus Afrika

Record history
History of updates2009-04-03: Current location, Management, Text
2009-04-13: Transfer

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Dunja is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Belfast Zoo, in United Kingdom.

Dunja arrived in 2009-04-04 to the Belfast Zoo, relocated from the Hannover Zoo, in Germany.

Dunja lives together with 1 other elephants at the Belfast Zoo:
  1. Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) born 1977

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Dunja was born wild 1973.

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In April 2009, 48 year old Jenny and 36 year old Dunja were 'retired' to the Belfast Zoo from their home in Hannover. Both were previous circus elephants (Dunja was confiscated by German officials from Circus Montecarlo) and will be joining 32 year old Yhetoo and 44 year old Tina. Tina has has resided in Belfast since 1966, while Yhetoo arrived in January 2009 from the Krefeld Zoo in Germany. In 2009, the zoo in Northern Ireland changed their management program to protected contact and care for non-breeding females at the recommendation of Europe's Asian Elephant breeding program.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Dunja, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Belfast Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=223. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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