Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) an Asian elephant at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)

♀ Yhetoo (Yheet thoo)


Local id Number 7384
EEP nr8006


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 44 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1977 unknown
Birth place:
Present / last location:Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens), in United Kingdom

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2009-01-23Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
from Krefeld Zoo
Krefeld Zoo 1995-04-25
from Hannover Zoo
Hannover Zoo 1994-04-12
from Krefeld Zoo
Krefeld Zoo 1980-09-08
from Brunkensen Kinderzoo
Brunkensen Kinderzoo
from Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)
Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo) 1980-00-00
from Firma Ruhe
Firma Ruhe
from Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE)

Document updated2009-01-21: Current location
2009-04-03: Management, Text
2012-09-02: corr arrival in belfast
2014-02-27: prev location
2014-04-28: prev location Brunkensen
2018-05-29: prev location MTE
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Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), located at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens), in United Kingdom.

Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) arrived Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) 2009-01-23, relocated from Krefeld Zoo, in Germany.

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

  1. Dunja born 1973
  2. , (see detailed list).


Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) was born unknown 1977. and imported 1980

Comments / pictures

The burmese name "yheet thoo" means "The bold one". Tattoed with acid: 7384. Eventually captive born in Burmese working camp.

Bought by Zoo Krefeld from firma Ruhe for 45 000 DM (German Marks).

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). Yhetoo (Yheet thoo), an Asian elephant at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 June 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=400. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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