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

♀ Yhetoo (Yheet thoo)


Local id Number 7384
EEP nr8006


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 46 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1977 unknown
Birth place: in Myanmar unspecified location
Imported:1980 by Firma Ruhe
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Belfast Zoo, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

2009-01-23Belfast Zoo
from Krefeld Zoo

1995-04-25Krefeld Zoo
from Hannover Zoo

1994-04-12Hannover Zoo
from Krefeld Zoo

1980-09-08Krefeld Zoo
from Brunkensen Kinderzoo

Brunkensen Kinderzoo
from Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)

1980-00-00Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo) 1980-00-00
from Firma Ruhe

Firma Ruhe
from Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE)

Record history
History of updates2023-08-24: Name, text, source updated
2023-08-24: Born in Myanmar

Latest document update2023-08-24 12:45:44
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Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Belfast Zoo, in United Kingdom.

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

Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) lives together with 1 other elephants at the Belfast Zoo:
  1. Dunja born 1973

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


Yhetoo (Yheet thoo) was born unknown 1977 at Myanmar unspecified location. and imported 1980 by Firma Ruhe

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The burmese name "yheet thoo" means "The bold one". Eventually captive born in Burmese working camp. As a number of elephants imported from Burma, she has chemical Branding tattoo in shape of a star, on both her hips, and the number 7384 under the star.

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 list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Yhetoo (Yheet thoo), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Belfast Zoo in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=400. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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