Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) in Netherlands

♀ Irma
Irma. Rotterdam Zoo 03/2007. Photo: � Peter Stolk
Irma. Rotterdam Zoo 03/2007. Photo: � Peter Stolk


EEP nr7008
SSP nr754


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1970-09-18 captive-born
Birth place: in Copenhagen Zoo

Parents: Chieng Mai x ♀ Buag Hah (Pang Yang)
Total: 7 babies

1. Born 1984-06-16 Bernhardine (Bernhardini) EEP id: 8408

2. Born 1990-11-25 Yasmin EEP id: 9008 SSP id: 756

3. Born 1995-03-01
(dead † 1998-07-13)
Indira EEP id: 9500

4. Born 2000-11-28 Bangka EEP id: 20005

5. Born 2004-02-21 Sibu EEP id: 200401

6. Born 2007-12-28
(dead † 2007-12-28)
unborn EEP id: 200710

7. Born 2009-02-11
(dead † 2009-02-11)
stillborn EEP id: 200903
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp), in Netherlands

Date of arrival

1975-09-17Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)
from Copenhagen Zoo

Record history
History of updates2009-02-06:�Image


2009-11-29:�correction of text

2016-01-05:  SSP nr
2018-03-09: link to Elefanten-Fotolexikon (Petra Prager) submitted

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Irma is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp), in Netherlands.

Irma arrived in 1975-09-17 to the Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp), relocated from the Copenhagen Zoo, in Denmark.

Irma lives together with 5 other elephants at the Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp):
  1. Bangka born 2000-11-28
  2. Faya born 2010-07-20
  3. Nhi Linh born 2013-08-10
  4. Radjik born 2021-05-05
  5. Trong Nhi born 2003-05-13

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


  1. (F) 1984-06-16 Bernhardine (Bernhardini) EEP id: 8408
  2. (F) 1990-11-25 Yasmin EEP id: 9008 SSP id: 756
  3. (F) 1995-03-01 -- † 1998-07-13 Indira EEP id: 9500
  4. (F) 2000-11-28 Bangka EEP id: 20005
  5. (M) 2004-02-21 Sibu EEP id: 200401
  6. (F) 2007-12-28 -- † 2007-12-28 unborn EEP id: 200710
  7. (F) 2009-02-11 -- † 2009-02-11 stillborn EEP id: 200903


Irma was born captive-born 1970-09-18 at Copenhagen Zoo.


Parents of Irma are: ♂ Chieng Mai (father) and ♀ Buag Hah (Pang Yang) (mother).

Siblings through the father Chieng Mai:

  1. 1975-12-15(F) Schottzie
  2. 1980-03-31 -- † 1984-09-08 (F) Maia
  3. 1981-11-10 -- † 2020-07-24 (M) Chang
  4. 1983-03-18 -- † 1990-09-07 (M) Haakon
  5. 1986-01-22 -- † 2003-09-21 (F) Coco
  6. 1991-10-28 -- † 1991-10-28 (F) noname
  7. 1996-03-15 -- † 2006-02-09 (M) Santosh
  8. 1997-02-17 -- † 1997-06-19 (M) Hannibal
  9. 2001-12-02 -- † 2003-10-06 (M) Punjab
  10. 2006-03-20(M) Gandhi
  11. 2013-02-25 -- † 2014-11-24 (M) Khao Sok
  12. 2013-08-26 -- † 2013-08-26 (F) stillborn
  13. 2015-09-04 -- † 2015-09-04 (M) stillborn
  14. 2017-05-17(M) Sak

Siblings through the mother Buag Hah (Pang Yang):

  1. 1975-12-15(F) Schottzie
  2. 1980-03-31 - † 1984-09-08 (F) Maia
  3. 1983-03-18 - † 1990-09-07 (M) Haakon
  4. 1986-01-22 - † 2003-09-21 (F) Coco


Irmas ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):
Chieng Mai

Born: 1959

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Dame ffm:
Dame fm:

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Dame fmm:

Dame m:
Buag Hah (Pang Yang)

Born: 1958

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2008-01-02: Employees of the zoo in Rotterdam were counting of a birth around the Christmas and New Year days, but they think the calf is dead by now. Last Friday the membranes of Irma broke. Normally the delivery will begin and within 48 hours the calf is born. The contractions however didn't start, even after the vetenarian had given her stimulating medicines and massaging the birthchannel.

Yesterday our vets removed the dead calf from Irma. She carried her fullgrown female baby for more then a year. The birth of Tonya and sucking Irma's nipples have started the birth process. Irma tried for more then a day to deliver the calf and she was exhausted. So we decided to do a surgery and to remove the dead calf. During the surgery under local anasthesia Irma was standing on her Feet all time. The vets opened her birth channel from the backside, just a few centimeters under her anus. They made an incision from ca. 15 cm. and tried to pull the dead calf out. Unfortunately without succes. So the team decided to devide the calf in pieces. Smaller pieces have been removed throuh this hole and the bigger pieces were pushed through her birth channel. Finally, after 12 hours work with a marvelous team, they managed the remove all pieces and could close the wound. Today Irma was doing well. She is recieving pain relief and the wound has been flushed several times.
This was the second time our vets did such a surgery. Years ago (in 1993) they used this method to remove a dead calf from Raja (now in Mallorca).

Rob Belterman, Rotterdam Zoo, 2009-02-12

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Irma, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 July 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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