Noi (Helene) an Asian elephant at Rostock Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Noi (Helene)  
Noi at Skansen Zoo, stockholm, 1971. Photo: <a href="">Björn Roos</a>
Noi at Skansen Zoo, stockholm, 1971. Photo: Björn Roos

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 22 years old
Id numberEEP Number: 6415
Born:* 1964 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1986-07-15
Death reason: disease: stomach?
Present / last location:Rostock Zoo, in Germany

Date of Arrival

1981-12-17Rostock Zoo
from Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo 1980-06-10
from Stockholm Zoo (Skansen)
Stockholm Zoo (Skansen) 1967-03-17
from Furuviksparken

Document updated2009-03-15: EEP nr, date of arrical, text correction
2009-09-09: text
2012-04-17: picture
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† Noi (Helene) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Rostock Zoo, in Germany, disease in 1986-07-15, stomach?(see detailed list).


Noi (Helene) was born wild 1964.

Comments / pictures

Noi as baby, the day she arrived at Skansen. Photo: Ingvar Nylund.

Noi came to Skansen from Furuvik in 1967, and was previously named Helene. Her origin was Thailand.

Noi as youngster, in front of Fatima. Photo. Erland Axel Wadsten

Noi challenged the older Nika in Stockholm, and became stronger. The elephants at Skansen was during this time poorly trained, and there was no solution to the social problems. After she managed to push the older but weaker Nika into the inside stable moat in 1980, she was sent from Skansen to Copenhagen Zoo for cover 1981, with unsuccesful result, although she pushed the female Dinah into the moat 1980-06-20 and took leadership in the herd.

When nothing happened, she was sold to Rostock Zoo in 1981. (In paper she was sold for 40 000 Swedish crowns to Leipzig via Rostock Zoo, through the animal dealer van den Brink?)

She came delivered chained on four legs to Rostock in a container, together with a paper that stated aproximal age and a list with her command words. In spite of this minor knowledge about this elephants history,
Rostock Zoo keepers managed to bring her out of the container, and she acclimatized very well in Rostock, and was also ridden outside the enclosure through the zoo, but unfortunately died in 1986, due to medical problems.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Noi (Helene), an Asian at Rostock Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Peter Stolk, Netherlands
  • Erland Axel Wadsten, Skansen
  • Article by Olaf Tietz, head elephantkeeper Zoo Rostock, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus magazine, nr 9-2006, p 30
  • Elefanter i Köpenhavns Zoologisk Haave siden 1878, by Henning, Copenhagen, Denmark


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