Swe San Thay
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Emmen Zoo in Netherlands

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Swe San Thay  dead elephant
Swe San Htay. Emmen Zoo 2008. Photo: © Petra Prager
Swe San Htay. Emmen Zoo 2008. Photo: © Petra Prager

Alternative name: Swe San Tai


Local id Number SST 4907 (Tattoo)
EEP nr7904


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 31 years old
Born:* 1979-11-28 captive-born
Birth place: in Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)
Imported:1988 by E.A.G. van den Brink
Freight:By boat from Rangoon, Burma to Rotterdam
Dead: 2010-02-17
Death reason: accident: fell during birth, and broke her pelvis
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 1998-02-08 Maung Htoo EEP id: 9805

2. Born 2006-05-23
(dead † 2017-04-00)
Unt Bwe EEP id: 200607

3. Born 2008-03-07
(dead † 2008-03-07)
miscarriage EEP id: 200804

4. Born 2010-02-17
(dead † 2010-02-17)
noname EEP id: 201001
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands

Date of arrival

1988-06-27Emmen Zoo
from E.A.G. van den Brink

1988-06-00E.A.G. van den Brink
from Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2023-07-01

Latest document update2022-10-22 21:36:22
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† Swe San Thay is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2010-02-17 at Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands, . Official death reason described as fell during birth, and broke her pelvis.


  1. (M) 1998-02-08 Maung Htoo EEP id: 9805
  2. (M) 2006-05-23 -- † 2017-04-00 Unt Bwe EEP id: 200607
  3. () 2008-03-07 -- † 2008-03-07 miscarriage EEP id: 200804
  4. (M) 2010-02-17 -- † 2010-02-17 noname EEP id: 201001


Swe San Thay was born captive-born 1979-11-28 at Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo). and imported 1988 by E.A.G. van den Brink, By boat from Rangoon, Burma to Rotterdam

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In June 1988, the Emmen Zoo imported seven Asian elephants from Burma. These seven would form the Heart of the Herd to later birth many calves.

In February 2010, keepers found Swe San Thay dead in the barn during morning inspections. No apparent cause of death of found preceding Necropsy.

Swe San Thay means "golden abundance" in Burmese.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Swe San Thay, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Emmen Zoo in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=760. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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