Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Sofia Zoo in Bulgaria

♀ Frosja
Frosja. Tierpark Berlin 2006. Photo: © Petra Prager
Frosja. Tierpark Berlin 2006. Photo: © Petra Prager


EEP nr8009


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 43 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1980-00-00 unknown
Birth place: in Laos unspecified location
Capture: 1983
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Sofia Zoo, in Bulgaria

Date of arrival

2023-09-21Sofia Zoo
from Augsburg Zoo

2020-05-06Augsburg Zoo
from Tierpark Berlin

1988-06-09Tierpark Berlin
from Moscow Zoo

1985-01-22Moscow Zoo
from Laos unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2009-03-25: Image

2010-11-14: corr. birth year
2018-03-01: link to EleWiki submitted
2020-05-06: Transferred to Augsburg
2023-09-21: Transferred to Sofia

Latest document update2023-09-22 14:44:18
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Frosja is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Sofia Zoo, in Bulgaria.

Frosja arrived in 2023-09-21 to the Sofia Zoo, relocated from the Augsburg Zoo, in Germany.

Frosja lives together with 1 other elephants at the Sofia Zoo:
  1. Louise born 1973

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Frosja was born unknown 1980-00-00 at Laos unspecified location, captured 1983 .

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Captured 1983 on request of the Laos Government, who planned to give her as official gift to country of Cuba.
She arrived Cuba on ship, but her vaccination against Hoof and Mouth Disease made her classified as potential spreader of this disease, according to the officials in Cuba, a country which so far never had this disease.

The director of Havanna Zoo Mr Moreno, contacted zoos around the world if they could recieve her, and she ended up in Moscow Zoo instead.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Frosja, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Sofia Zoo in Bulgaria. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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