Birma II an Asian elephant at Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen

Female ♀ Asian  Birma II at Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen

☨ Birma II
ID nr:EEP Number: 1801 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 63 years old
Dead date: 1981-09-00
Death reason: age:
Location:Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen
ArrivalRuhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen 1949-00-00
from Firma Ruhe
Firma Ruhe 1944-09-26
from Hannover Zoo
Hannover Zoo 1942-00-00
from Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)
Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) 1940-00-00
from Amsterdam Artis Zoo
Amsterdam Artis Zoo 1939-12-15
from Circus Strassburger
Circus Strassburger 1938-00-00
from Circus Amar
Circus Amar 1934-02-22
from Firma Ruhe
Firma Ruhe 1934-02-22
from Circus Kludsky
Circus Kludsky
from Firma Ruhe
Born:* 1918 wild Myanmar
Capture: 1918 ,
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (M) 1936-08-03 -- † 1943 August
  2. (F) 1939-11-22 -- † 1967-05-11 Gina, EEP nr: 3901
  3. (F) 1944-08-10 -- † 1962-04-22 Carla, EEP nr: 4401
Document updated2009-09-12
2009-11-11: previous locations
2012-06-13: eep records
Apr birth year according to EEP.

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, D., (2020). Birma II, an Asian at Ruhr Zoo, Gelsenkirchen in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Page 90-93, Jumbo auf dem Drahtseil - Elefanten dressuren von gestern und heute by Gerhard Zapf
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger
  • Stephanie Wroben, Raesfeld

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