Dunja an Asian elephant at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)

♀ Dunja


EEP nr7314


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 48 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1973 wild
Birth place:
Present / last location:Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens), in United Kingdom

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2009-04-04Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
from Hannover Zoo
Hannover Zoo 1998-03-31
from Circus Schollini (Afrikas Big Circus, Don Carlos, Circus Montecarlo)

Document updated2009-04-03: Current location, Management, Text
2009-04-13: Transfer
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Dunja is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), located at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens), in United Kingdom.

Dunja arrived Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) 2009-04-04, relocated from Hannover Zoo, in Germany.

In Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens), Dunja lives together with 1 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) born 1977
  2. , (see detailed list).


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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Dunja, an Asian elephant at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 June 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=223. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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