Birma II
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Birma II  dead elephant


EEP nr1801


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 63 years old
Born:* 1918 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1918
Dead: 1981-09-12
Death reason: age:
Total: 3 babies

1. Born 1936-08-03
(dead † 1943)

2. Born 1939-11-22
(dead † 1967-05-11)
Gina EEP id: 3901

3. Born 1944-08-10
(dead † 1962-04-22)
Carla EEP id: 4401
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen, in Germany

Date of arrival

1949-00-00Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen
from Firma Ruhe

1944-09-26Firma Ruhe
from Hannover Zoo

1942-00-00Hannover Zoo
from Rotterdam Zoo

1940-00-00Rotterdam Zoo
from Amsterdam Artis Zoo

1939-12-15Amsterdam Artis Zoo
from Circus Strassburger

1938-00-00Circus Strassburger 1938-00-00
from Circus Amar

1934-02-22Circus Amar
from Firma Ruhe

1934-02-22Firma Ruhe
from Circus Kludsky

Circus Kludsky
from Firma Ruhe

0000-00-00Firma Ruhe
from Steel Brothers Burma Trading Company Ltd

Record history
History of updates2009-09-12
2009-11-11: previous locations
2012-06-13: eep records
2021-01-03: death date

Latest document update2021-01-03 07:46:12
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† Birma II is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1981-09-12 at Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen, in Germany, .


  1. (M) 1936-08-03 -- † 1943 August
  2. (F) 1939-11-22 -- † 1967-05-11 Gina EEP id: 3901
  3. (F) 1944-08-10 -- † 1962-04-22 Carla EEP id: 4401


Birma II was born wild 1918, captured 1918 .

Comments / pictures

Apr birth year according to EEP.

Birma II in Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen

Photo ca. 1950: W. Koriath, Gelsenkirchen in den 50er Jahren

Elephant keeper in Ruhr Zoo was Karl Preuss.

Contradictory records:

The transfers of this elephant is somewhat confusing, but according to EEG she was covered by Piccolo at Circus Amar before giving birth to Carla in Hannover.

Records about Birma II from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Birma II:

1801 F ~ 1918 UNK UNK UNKNOWN ~ 1918 NONE Birth BIRMA II
L RUHE ~ 1925 NONE Transfer
CIRCUS ~ 1930 NONE Transfer
AMSTERDAM 15 Dec 1939 NONE Loan to
L RUHE ~ Dec 1939 NONE Transfer
HANNOVER ~ Dec 1939 VII39 Transfer
L RUHE ~ Dec 1944 NONE Transfer
HANNOVER 15 May 1946 VII39 Transfer
GELSNKRKN ~ Apr 1947 NONE Transfer
~ 1981 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online


Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Birma II, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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