Irma an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)

Female ♀ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Irma at Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)

Irma. Rotterdam Zoo 03/2007. Photo: � Peter Stolk
ID nr:EEP Number: 7008 -    SSP Number: 754 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 50 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)
ArrivalRotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) 1975-09-17
from Copenhagen Zoo
Born:* 1970-09-18 captive-born
in Copenhagen Zoo
Parents: Chieng Mai x Buag Hah (Pang Yang)
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1984-06-16 Bernhardine (Bernhardini), EEP nr: 8408
  2. (F) 1990-11-25 Yasmin, EEP nr: 9008, SSP nr: 756
  3. (F) 1995-03-01 -- † 1998-07-13 Indira, EEP nr: 9500
  4. (F) 2000-11-28 Bangka, EEP nr: 20005
  5. (M) 2004-02-21 Sibu, EEP nr: 200401
  6. (F) 2007-12-28 -- † 2007-12-28 unborn, EEP nr: 200710
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 pedigree:


Chieng Mai


Buag Hah (Pang Yang)

Document updated2009-02-06:�Image


2009-11-29:�correction of text

2016-01-05:  SSP nr
2018-03-09: link to Elefanten-Fotolexikon (Petra Prager) submitted
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, D., (2020). Irma, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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