Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Kobe Oiji Zoo in Japan

♀ Zuzanna

Alternative name: Zuze, Suse


EEP nr9006
JAZA nr nr?


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 34 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1990-04-05 captive-born
Birth place: in Riga Zoo

Parents: Radsch x ♀ Zita
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 2002-01-11
(dead † 2002-01-11)
stillborn JAZA id: ?

2. Born 2004-03-02
(dead † 2005-04-25)
Momo JAZA id: ?

3. Born 2007-10-21
(dead † 2012-04-07)
Oji JAZA id: ?

4. Born 2014-06-12 Yuuki JAZA id: ?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Kobe Oiji Zoo, in Japan

Date of arrival

2014-12-02Kobe Oiji Zoo
from Ichihara Elephant Kingdom

2013-10-10Ichihara Elephant Kingdom
from Kobe Oiji Zoo

1996-09-03Kobe Oiji Zoo
from Riga Zoo

Record history
History of updates2021-01-12

Latest document update2023-05-24 23:01:16
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Zuzanna is a living NULL Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Kobe Oiji Zoo, in Japan.

Zuzanna arrived in 2014-12-02 to the Kobe Oiji Zoo, relocated from the Ichihara Elephant Kingdom, in Japan.


Zuzanna lives together with 2 other elephants at the Kobe Oiji Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Mac born 1992-06-13
  2. Midori born 2000


  1. (F) 2002-01-11 -- † 2002-01-11 stillborn JAZA id: ?
  2. (F) 2004-03-02 -- † 2005-04-25 Momo JAZA id: ?
  3. (M) 2007-10-21 -- † 2012-04-07 Oji JAZA id: ?
  4. (M) 2014-06-12 Yuuki JAZA id: ?


Zuzanna was born captive-born 1990-04-05 at Riga Zoo.


Parents of Zuzanna are: ♂ Radsch (father) and ♀ Zita (mother).

Siblings through the father Radsch:

  1. 2005-08-07(M) Myo Set Kaung
  2. 2006-03-30(F) Marlar
  3. 2006-05-23 -- † 2017-04-00 (M) Unt Bwe
  4. 2007-08-08(F) Shwe Zin
  5. 2008-02-25(M) Ananda Yingthway
  6. 2008-03-07 -- † 2008-03-07 () miscarriage
  7. 2008-09-04(M) Yoe Ma
  8. 2009-05-23(M) Ein She Min
  9. 2010-02-17 -- † 2010-02-17 (M) noname
  10. 2010-03-09(M) Einga-Tha
  11. 2011-02-06(M) Mong Tine
  12. 2011-08-08(M) Shwe Myarr
  13. 2012-05-22 -- † 2012-06-11 (M) Thura
  14. 2013-07-15(M) Thuya
  15. 2014-05-16 -- † 2023-06-19 (M) Radza junior
  16. 2014-07-20(M) Ravi

Siblings through the mother Zita:

  1. 1986-02-18 - † 1986-03-16 (F) noname


Zuzannas ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):

Born: 1967

Sire ff:

Sire fff:
Dame ffm:
Dame fm:

Sire fmf:
Dame fmm:

Dame m:

Born: 1969

Sire mf:

Sire mff:
Dame mfm:
Dame mm:

Sire mmf:
Dame mmm:

Comments / pictures

1990: The mother died in August and Zuzanna was successfully handreared after four months of age.

Zuze is famous Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus) ♀ from Riga Zoo. She was born in April 5, 1990 and was the first newborn elephant in Riga Zoo history.

I took part in the artificial feeding of Zuze from the very day when her mother Zita died. I measured it every month, then every half a year.

Zuzanna in Kobe Oiji Zoo
20.08.1990 / Zuze 3,5 months old, with Sergey Chichagov.

In early 90ies she became beloved by visitors and got huge media attention. Real owners of Zuze was Moscow Zoo, Russia. Latvian citizens donated 20 000 rubles to buy elephant back from Moscow Zoo. As time came for Zuze babies, but Riga Zoo didn’t have space for more than two grown elephants, Riga Zoo had to look new homes for Zuze. At age of 6 years, Zuze went for her new home to Kobe Oji Zoo in Japan.

Zuzanna in Kobe Oiji ZooZuze in the transport trailer at Riga Zoo, with elephant keepers Gunars Shauers, Alexandr Kravchenok and Alma Heninja, 1996-08-23.

Sergey Chichagov, Riga

1996: Departed for Japan (out Riga Zoo) - August 26, 1996, arrived in Kobe Oji Zoo - September 3, 1996. Transportation via Frankfurt, Riga-Frankfurt (autotransportation, 24-31.08.1996, transportation engaged Roy Smith /Dan-Inject - Interzoo/) http://www.interzoo.de/page20.html Frankfurt-Tokyo (01-02.09.1996, air transport (go with Mr. Gunar Shauer, Riga Zoo Elephant Curator)

2013: On October 9, 2013, Zuze, in pregnant, was transferred to Ichikawa Elephant Kingdom in a hope that Zuze can study the maternal behavior from Pooly.

2014: On June 12, 2014, a healthy male was born, 142kg, but Zuze did not take care of her baby, as the former cases. Zuze was transferred home to Oji Zoo on December 2, 2014.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Zuzanna, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Kobe Oiji Zoo in Japan. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=315. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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