Cologne Zoo (Köln Zoo) in Germany

Cologne Zoo (Köln Zoo)
Photo: © Stephanie Wroben, Germany
Photo: © Stephanie Wroben, Germany

Local name Zoo Köln, Kölner Zoo

OwnerAktiengesellschaft Zoologischer Garten Köln/Stadt Köln
Size20 hectares (49 acres)
Total nrs10000
First elephant arrived1864
Number of species850
Number of animals10000
Address Riehler Straße 173
Zip-code 50735
Place Köln
Country Germany
Website Website
YouTube ChannelYouTube Channel

Directors 1860-1869: Heinrich Bodinus (director)
1870-1886: Nicolas Funck (director)
1886-1888: Ludwig Heck (director)
1952-1975: Wilhelm Windecker (director)
1975-1981: Ernst Kullmann (director)
1981-2007: Gunther Nogge (director)
2007: Theo Pagel (director)

Key People 1971-1978: Brian Batstone (zookeeper)
1991-2007: Theo Pagel (zoologist)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
2000-2005: Brian Batstone
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers 1963-1966: Wolfgang Nehring
1979-2000: Brian Batstone
Record history
History of updates2022-10-31

Latest document update2022-10-31 12:13:52
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Photo: © Stephanie Wroben, Germany

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Cologne Zoo (Köln Zoo), located at Riehler Straße 173, in Köln, Germany , was founded in 1860 and the first elephant arrived in 1864.

Living elephants

At the Cologne Zoo (Köln Zoo) lives 10 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Bindi born 2012-07-25
  2. Bindu born 1968
  3. Kreeblamduan born 1984
  4. Laongdaw born 1990
  5. Leev Ma Rie born 2020-06-18
  6. Marlar born 2006-03-30
  7. Sarinya born 2023-06-14
  8. Shu Thu Zar born 1994-06-03
  9. Tarak born 2005-10-28
  10. Tong Koon born 1984

Comments / picturesThe zoo was founded in 1860. The world wars led to a phase of stagnation, and the zoo had to close for two years entirely, after virtually being destroyed in World War II. It reopened in 1947; the aquarium was added in 1971. 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.

1874: The first African elephant arrived.

1874: The zoo is flooded by the nearby river.

1882: The zoo is again flooded by the nearby river.

Cologne Zoo (Köln Zoo) in Germany Germany
An African elephant demolishing its stable during a flooding.

1901: A male and female Asian elephants, with the names Tom and Dora.

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.

2006: import of a Group of female Asian elephants from Thailand.

Cologne Zoo (Köln Zoo) in Germany GermanyWeight of the different elephants 2022

References for records about Cologne Zoo (Köln Zoo)

Recommended Citation

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

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