Douanita an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Osnabruck Zoo

Alternative name:Donna
ID nr:EEP Number: 8805 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 33 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Osnabruck Zoo
ArrivalOsnabruck Zoo 2017-03-08
from Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) 2012-05-08
from Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)
Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) 1988-07-10
from Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo)
Born:* 1987 wild Vietnam
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (M) 2000-01-26 -- † 2000-01-26 noname, EEP nr: 20001
  2. (F) 2003-05-13 Trong Nhi, EEP nr: 200303
  3. (F) 2009-02-10 -- † 2013-12-17 Tonya, EEP nr: 200900
  4. (F) 2013-02-11 Sita, EEP nr: 201302
  5. (M) 2017-07-04 Minh-Tan, EEP nr: 201716?
Document updated2009-02-10: pregnancy over, baby born
2012-01-22: nick name
2012-05-20: Text, Pregnant RE
2013-03-11: pc
2013-05-31: not pregnant
2017-03-09: transfer, link to EleWiki submitted
2020-08-07: pregnant
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, D., (2020). Douanita, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Osnabruck Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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