In 2020, 43 Asian and 12 African elephants had been kept in Cologne Zoo.
1860: Founded in 1860, Cologne Zoo is the third oldest Zoo in Germany.
1864: The first Asian female elephant arrived in 1864, no name or picture is known from this elephant.
1868: She was followed by another two Asian female elephants in 1868.
1901: A male and female Asian elephants, with the names Tom and Dora.
1874: The first African elephant arrived.
1895: A second African elephant with the name Magascha, arrived.
1940: Due the Worldwar II, elephants were removed.
1950: Again the first elephants arrived.
1954: African elephant Savani arrived.
1969: Two African elephants arrived, Pretti and Tanga.
1998: Tanga died.
2004: Savani died in the old house.
2005: Pretti was relocated to Zoo Planete Suavage, where she died in 2012.
The elephants were for many years kept in an old elephant house, a Moorish-looking building, that amazingly survived the bombing in World War II, but in 2004 a totally new area was changed into an "Elephant park" with a new house and the largest outdoor enclosure north of the Alps.
Photo: © Stephanie Wroben, Germany