Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark

Copenhagen Zoo
The old elephant house
The old elephant house

Local name Zoologisk Have

Size11 hectares (27 acres)
First elephant arrived1878
Address Roskildevej 32
Zip-code DK-2000
Place Frederiksberg
District Copenhagen district
Country Denmark
Website Website
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Directors-1942: Theodor Alving (director)
1943-1954: Axel Reventlow (director)
1859-1871 Niels Kjærbølling
1871-1874 Fritz Hugo Kjærbølling
1874-1886 C.F. Fencker (William Sørensen, S. Jensen)
1886-1887 W. Rose
1887-1889 P. Pallensen
1889-1900 C.A. Hofman-Bang
1900-1910 Julius Schiøtt
1910-1924 Waldemar Dreyer (Lassen Landorph)
1925-1942 Theodor Alving
1943-1954 Axel Reventlow
1954-1956 Bøje Benzon
1956-1969 Svend Andersen
1969-1978 Arne Dyhrberg
1979-1994 Bent Jørgensen
1994-2011 Lars Lunding Andersen
2011-2012 Bengt Holst
2012-2017 Steffen StrædeBengt Holst
2017- now Jørgen Nielsen
2017-now: Mads Bertelsen, zoological director

Key People 1967-1972: John Stegman (zookeeper)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-2003: Jörgen Jensen
(elephant head-keeper)
2003-2009: John Stegman
(elephant head-keeper)
Jens Larsen

Elephant keepers -: Claus Pedersen
1970-1975?: Franz Tisch
1972-2003: John Stegman
Record history
History of updates2021-12-27

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Copenhagen Zoo, located at Roskildevej 32, in Frederiksberg, Denmark , was founded in 1859 and the first elephant arrived in 1878.

Living elephants

At the Copenhagen Zoo lives 6 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Chin born 2024-02-20
  2. Fahim born 2005-07-24
  3. Pang Kungrao born 1998
  4. Maha Kumari born 2007-05-09
  5. Mun born 2020-10-01
  6. Surin born 1998

Taxidermy specimens

Copenhagen Zoo has in its collection 2 elephantine museum specimens with records in this database:

(Measurements of teeth and body parts follow the system described by Maglio (1973; P = plate number, L = length, W = width, H = height, LF = lamellar frequency)

    Punjab Accession nr: . Received: Punjab
    Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
    * Born 2001-12-02 at Copenhagen Zoo † Dead 2003-10-06 at Copenhagen Zoo
    Death: disease Death reason: Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
    Body, bone or dental material: the skin can be seen stuffed at Copenhagen Zoo,

    Coco Accession nr: . Received: 2003-09-21 Coco
    Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
    * Born 1986-01-22 at Copenhagen Zoo † Dead 2003-09-21 at Copenhagen Zoo
    Death: disease Death reason: sepsis, infection, stomach problems

Comments / picturesCopenhagen has a long tradition of breeding elephants. The first calf, [[Kaspar]] was born already 1907, and the king of Denmark has several elephants as a gift from the king of Thailand.

The late Danish king Frederik IX wrote a handwritten letter the 29th of January 1962 to the chairman of the board of the Copenhagen Zoo, Dr. Böje Benzon, with the following content:

Dr Böje Benzon
As You know, I was honored with the gift of three elephant babies in Thailand; when the first arrives i dont know, but I would like to ask You if I may deponate them in Zoologisk Have. The youngest and last one is only seven months old, so I doubt that he comes within the nest two years. The other two, I believe, comes within two months.
With best greetings to Your wife,
Yours sincerely

Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark Denmark
2001: In 2001 Copenhagen recieved three elephants from Surin in Thailand, 2 a gift from the king of Thailand, to the king of Denmark, and a thir, named Surin, was a gift from the people of Surin Province. Copenhagen staff: On the bottom from left are; John Stegman, Kim Oliver and Claus Pedersen. On the right is Peter Jensen.(Photo: Photo © Nai Somchai Madee, Ban Ta Klang,Surin.)

Area of the Old Elephant Enclosure compared to the New Elephant Enclosure
Old facilityNew facility
Total area2,025 m210,730 m2
Elephant area indoor250 m21,360 m2
Elephant area outdoor820 m23,350 m2
Technique and service140 m2770 m2
Visitors’ area indoor120 m2950 m2

Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark Denmark

Photo: © Jens Madsen

References for records about Copenhagen Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Copenhagen Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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