Amersfoort Zoo in Netherlands

Amersfoort Zoo

Local name DierenPark Amersfoort

Owner1948-1960: P,J. Knoester and W.G. Tertoolen
1960-2004: Mr. and Mrs. Vis-Tertoolen
2004-now: Het Utrechts Landschap
Size20-hectare (49-acre)
Opened for public1948
Number of species100
Address Barchman Wuytierslaan 224, Birkhoven
Zip-code NL-3819
Place Amersfoort
Province Utrecht
Country Netherlands
Website Website

Directors1948-1960: P,J. Knoester and W.G. Tertoolen
1960-? Mr. and Mrs. Vis-Tertoolen

Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
Marcel Breeschoten
Bas Aalders

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2023-04-22

Latest document update2023-04-22 07:31:56
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Amersfoort Zoo, located at Barchman Wuytierslaan 224, Birkhoven, in Amersfoort, Netherlands , was founded in 1948, opened for public in 1948.

Living elephants

At the Amersfoort Zoo lives 4 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Indra born 1999-04-05
  2. Kina born 2009-11-10
  3. Maurice born 2001-06-16
  4. Yindi born 2020-11-12

Comments / picturesAmersfoort Zoo was founded 1948 by P,J. Knoester and W.G. Tertoolen. The zoo opened 22 of May, 1948. The zoo has annually about 800.000 visitors. In 2017 a record was broken with 1 million visitors.

Winthida has the leadership of the Herd. She is not a born leader but the Group has to become a Herd. Did worked in Burma for the Burmees timber-coperation. She is the mother of Jula who came with her mother from Burma to Amersfoort. Jula has as a great protection by her mom and therefore she is number 2 now in the Group. Chit Mi Mi was very important for us when Sammy came to Amersfoort. He was 11 months old. She was his foster-mother. And has take care for him the first 6 years. She is very intelligent. In the Group shes the last in rank. Still looking for a lot of contact with Sammy. Khine War War is the mother of our baby elephant Indra, the father was the bull Ramon from Rotterdam. She also came from Burma to Amersfoort. Khine War War is a great mother, and will take over the leading role in the Group in a few years. // Marcel Breeschoten, 2000

Sammy grew up inside the Herd and has to much respect for the females, we hope he will learn to be more dominant at Rotterdam Zoo. At this moment there is no exact date known when Alexander will move to another location and when Sammy will return to Amersfoort. Khine War War is the dominant female with her daughter Indra on the second place, next comes Jula and Chit Mi Mi is last in hierarchy. // Bas Aalders, 2008

References for records about Amersfoort Zoo

Recommended Citation

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

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