Rome Zoo in Italy

Rome Zoo
Local name Giardino Zoologico di Roma

Opened for public1911
Address Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20
Zip-code 00197
Place Rome
Country Italy
Website Website

Directors 1910-1926: Theodor Knottnerus-Meyer (director)
1957-1978: Ermanno Bronzini (director)

Key People 1909-1910: Carl Hagenbeck Jr. (zoo designer)
1909-1910: Heinrich Hagenbeck (zoo designer)
1909-1910: Urs Eggenschwyler (zoo designer)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Angelo Pozzi
(elephant head-keeper)
-1998: Alfiero Leoni
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers -1928-07-02: Ivo Calavalle
Record history
History of updates2024-01-15

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Rome Zoo, located at Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20, in Rome, Italy , was founded in 1909, opened for public in 1911.

Living elephants

At the Rome Zoo lives 2 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Lakshmi born 1975
  2. Sofia born 1970

Comments / pictures1910: Previously zoologist in Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark, Theodor Knottnerus-Meyer became Rome Zoos first Director.

Rome Zoo in Italy Italy1926 March: German zookeeper Oettershagen was killed by the tiger "Emir".

1926: After resigning from the directorship of the Giardino Zoologico in Rome in 1926 (probably after a lethal incident of the German zookeeper Oettershagen with a tiger) , Dr Knottnerus-Meyer maintained close contacts with Prince Francesco Chigi della Rovere (who was the President of the Zoo in 1911). He provided some papers for Italian nature journals, this one being the last one published on Rassegna Faunistica in 1934. At the end of the paper the death of Knottnerus-Meyer is announced.

Spartaco Gippoliti

Rome Zoo in Italy ItalyJumbo, Nellie, Sofia, 1977.

References for records about Rome Zoo

Recommended Citation

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

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