Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Brijuni Zoo (National Park) in Croatia

Brijuni Zoo (National Park)


Typezoo
Founded1911
First elephant0
AddressBrijunska 10,
Zip-code
PlaceFazana
CountryCroatia
Websitehttp://www.brijuni.hr/

The Brijuni islands are situated 7 kilometers from Pula (a road, rail, air and maritime centre) near Fažana which is the terminal for the frequent connections by boat (15 minute ride).

During medevial times Brijuni islands were owned by the Counts of Pula, and later by Venetian noble families, like Dona, da Canal and Frangini.

1893: Paul Kupelwieser (1843-1919) bought the Brijuni islands in 1893 from Wildiche from Switzerland, and established a tourist resort.
1911: Carl Hagenbeck founded an acclimatization station for newly imported exotic animals, which also developed into a zoo.
1918: After World war I, Brijunni islands became a part of Italy.
1919: After the death of Paul Kuppelwieser in 1919, his son Karl took over his heritage. Karl Kupelwieser (1872 - 1930) established casinos and the largest golf course in Europe.
1930: Karl Kupelwieser made suicide.
1947-1980: After World War II the Brijuni became part of Yugoslavia and President Marshal Josip Broz Tito made the Brijuni Islands his personal State Summer Residence. Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik designed a pavilion for Tito. Almost 100 foreign heads of state visited Tito on his islands, along with film stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, and Gina Lollobrigida.
1961: An african forest elephant arrived as gift from Guinea.
1970: The elephant bull Soni arrived as gift from Indira Gandhi.
1972: The elephant cow Lanka arrived as gift from Indira Gandhi.
1974: Josip Broz Tito was honnored by the danish order of the Elephant.
1978: The safari park was formed.
1980: President Josip Broz Tito died in 1980.
1983: the islands were declared a National Park of Yugoslavia.
1991: Croatia gained independence and made the Brijuni Islands an International Conference Center.
2010: Soni died.

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