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

 ☨ ♀ Buag Hah (Pang Yang)  
Photo: © Buag Hah, Zoo-nyt 1997.(Zoo-news), Denmark
Photo: © Buag Hah, Zoo-nyt 1997.(Zoo-news), Denmark

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Id numberEEP Number: 6210SSP Number: (512)
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place:
Freight:by ship M/S Sinaloa
Dead date: 1996-12-16
Death reason: euthanised: general weakness
Total: 5 babies

1. Born 1970-09-18 Irma EEP id: 7008 SSP id: 754

2. Born 1975-12-15 Schottzie EEP id: 7505 SSP id: 79

3. Born 1980-03-31
(dead † 1984-09-08)
Maia EEP id: 8003

4. Born 1983-03-18
(dead † 1990-09-07)
Haakon EEP id: 8308

5. Born 1986-01-22
(dead † 2003-09-21)
Coco EEP id: 8603
Present / last location:Copenhagen Zoo, in Denmark

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1962-06-22Copenhagen Zoo
from Thailand unspecified location

Document updated2009-09-12: 
2010-11-21: SSP, EEP, Text RE
2018-05-04: Letter from the King of Denmark to Copenhagen Zoo director
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† Buag Hah (Pang Yang) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Copenhagen Zoo, in Denmark, of euthanised in 1996-12-16. Official death reason described as general weakness. (see detailed list).


  1. (F) 1970-09-18 Irma EEP id: 7008 SSP id: 754
  2. (F) 1975-12-15 Schottzie EEP id: 7505 SSP id: 79
  3. (F) 1980-03-31 -- † 1984-09-08 Maia EEP id: 8003
  4. (M) 1983-03-18 -- † 1990-09-07 Haakon EEP id: 8308
  5. (F) 1986-01-22 -- † 2003-09-21 Coco EEP id: 8603


Buag Hah (Pang Yang) was born wild 1958. and imported 1962, by ship M/S Sinaloa

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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 listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Buag Hah (Pang Yang), an Asian at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 February 2021 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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