Buag Hah (Pang Yang) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Copenhagen Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Buag Hah (Pang Yang) at Copenhagen Zoo

Photo: © Buag Hah, Zoo-nyt 1997.(Zoo-news), Denmark
☨ Buag Hah (Pang Yang)
ID nr:EEP Number: 6210 -    SSP Number: 512 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Dead date: 1996-12-16
Death reason: euthanised: general weakness
Location:Copenhagen Zoo
ArrivalCopenhagen Zoo 1962-06-22
from Thailand unspecified location
Born:* 1958 wild Thailand
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1970-09-18 Irma, EEP nr: 7008, SSP nr: 754
  2. (F) 1975-12-15 Schottzie, EEP nr: 7505, SSP nr: 79
  3. (F) 1980-03-31 -- † 1984-09-08 Maia, EEP nr: 8003
  4. (M) 1983-03-18 -- † 1990-09-07 Haakon, EEP nr: 8308
  5. (F) 1986-01-22 -- † 2003-09-21 Coco, EEP nr: 8603
Document updated2009-09-12: 
2010-11-21: SSP, EEP, Text RE
2018-05-04: Letter from the King of Denmark to Copenhagen Zoo director
Shipped from Thailand to Denmark with the ship M/S Sinaloa.

During a state visit to Thailand in 1962, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid were presented with the two elephants Chieng Mai and Buag Hah.

The late Danish king Frederik IX wrote a handwritten letter the 29th of January 1962 to the chairman of the board of the Copenhagen Zoo, Dr. Böje Benzon, with the following content:

Dr Böje Benzon
As You know, I was honored with the gift of three elephant babies in Thailand; when the first arrives i dont know, but I would like to ask You if I may deponate them in Zoologisk Have. The youngest and last one is only seven months old, so I doubt that he comes within the nest two years. The other two, I believe, comes within two months.
With best greetings to Your wife,
Yours sincerely

Buag Hah was euthanised caused by general weakness. During post mortum it was discovered she had a four year old fetus in her uterus.

Buag Hah has an American SSP number because of her daughter Schottzie, sold to the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio in December 1978 at the age of three. She is not listed in the studbook.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Buag Hah (Pang Yang), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=716. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Jens Madsen, Denmark
  • Ryan Easley, USA
  • Elefanter i Köpenhavns Zoologisk Haave siden 1878, by Henning, Copenhagen, Denmark

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