African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Beekse Bergen Safaripark in Netherlands

♀ Sabi
Sabi in Vienna Zoo in 2006, just before departure to Halle Zoo. Photo: © <a href=Jutta Kirchner' >
Sabi in Vienna Zoo in 2006, just before departure to Halle Zoo. Jutta Kirchner


EEP nr8501


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 39 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1985 wild
Birth place:
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2001-04-25 Abu EEP id: 20004
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Beekse Bergen Safaripark, in Netherlands

Date of arrival

2009-07-21Beekse Bergen Safaripark
from Halle Zoo

2006-07-20Halle Zoo
from Vienna Zoo

1992-07-29Vienna Zoo
from Munich Zoo

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History of updates2023-05-06

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Sabi is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Beekse Bergen Safaripark, in Netherlands.

Sabi arrived in 2009-07-21 to the Beekse Bergen Safaripark, relocated from the Halle Zoo, in Germany.


Sabi lives together with 10 other elephants at the Beekse Bergen Safaripark:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. 2. ♀ Ajabu born 2023-12-07
  2. 3. ♀ Bongi born 2005-06-03
  3. 4. ♂ Calimero born 1980
  4. 5. ♀ Carla born 1986
  5. 6. ♀ Madiba born 2016-05-04
  6. 7. ♀ Mosi born 2023-11-04
  7. 8. ♀ Pina Nessie born 2013-08-11?
  8. 9. ♀ Punda born 1992
  9. 10. ♀ Tendai born 2024-02-19
  10. 11. ♂ Yambo born 2004-03-29

Affiliated people

1: Dan Koehl (elephant keeper from 1991 to 1991) 2: Dan Koehl (head-keeper from 1998 to 1998)


  1. (M) 2001-04-25 Abu EEP id: 20004


Sabi was born wild 1985.

Comments / pictures

Sabi was the first elephant inseminated elephant cow in Europe, and her son Abu was the first european AI birth.

Sabi in Beekse Bergen Safaripark
In Vienna, she was still in free contact, and was sometimes walked and ridden through the Zoo. Later, in Halle and Beekse Bergen, she has been managed in Protected contact.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sabi, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Beekse Bergen Safaripark in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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