Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Osnabruck Zoo in Germany

♀ Douanita
Alternative name: Donna


EEP nr8805


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1987 wild
Birth place:
Total: 6 babies

1. Born 2000-01-26
(dead † 2000-01-26)
noname EEP id: 20001

2. Born 2003-05-13 Trong Nhi EEP id: 200303

3. Born 2009-02-10
(dead † 2013-12-17)
Tonya EEP id: 200902

4. Born 2013-02-11 Sita EEP id: 201302

5. Born 2017-07-04 Minh-Tan EEP id: 201716?

6. Born 2020-12-21 Yaro EEP id: 00
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Osnabruck Zoo, in Germany

Date of arrival

2017-03-08Osnabruck Zoo
from Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)

2012-05-08Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
from Rotterdam Zoo

1988-07-10Rotterdam Zoo
from Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2023-09-02

Latest document update2020-12-23 02:53:27
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Douanita is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Osnabruck Zoo, in Germany.

Douanita arrived in 2017-03-08 to the Osnabruck Zoo, relocated from the Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), in Czech Republic.


Douanita lives together with 3 other elephants at the Osnabruck Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Ananda Yingthway born 2008-02-25
  2. Sita born 2013-02-11
  3. Yaro born 2020-12-21


  1. (M) 2000-01-26 -- † 2000-01-26 noname EEP id: 20001
  2. (F) 2003-05-13 Trong Nhi EEP id: 200303
  3. (F) 2009-02-10 -- † 2013-12-17 Tonya EEP id: 200902
  4. (F) 2013-02-11 Sita EEP id: 201302
  5. (M) 2017-07-04 Minh-Tan EEP id: 201716?
  6. (M) 2020-12-21 Yaro EEP id: 00


Douanita was born wild 1987.

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Contradictory records:

EEG state birth year 1986, and arrival in Rotterdam 1988-07-26.

Douanita was imported for Usti nad Labem Zoo in Czech Republic, but was confiscated in the Rotterdam harbour on her way to Usti, coming from Vietnam. (probably via Saigon Zoo)

She was in a very poor condition, only being fed with sugerbeets, and was sent to Blijdorp to recover, but never left. Usti agreed to let her stay and breed.

Pregnant Douanita and her youngest daughter Tanya were transferred together from the Netherlands to the Czech Republic in May 2012 due to compatibility issues between Douanita and other Rotterdam females. She gave birth to female baby Sita 2013-02-11.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Douanita, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Osnabruck Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 15 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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