Vienna Zoo in Austria

Vienna Zoo

Local name Tiergarten Schönbrunn

OwnerTiergarten Schönbrunn gmbh
Total nrs37
First elephant arrived1772
Number of animals37
Address Maxingstrasse 13B
Zip-code A-1130
Place Wien
Country Austria
Website Website

Directors 2019: Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck (director)
?-1919: Alois Kraus (1840–1926) Kraus was previously headkeeper at Maximilian von Habsburgs menagerie at Miramar castle in Trieste
1992-2004: Helmut Pechlaner
2004-2019: Dagmar Schratter

Key People 1998-1998: Dan Koehl (elephant consultant)
1999-2001: Thomas Hildebrandt (elephant consultant)
1999-2001: Frank Göritz (elephant consultant)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
2005-2008: Fredrik Mohlin
(elephant trainer)
2009-2018: Mathias Otto
(elephant head-keeper)
1998.02: Dan Koehl
1998-11: Gerd Kohl
2004-now: Simon Stöger

Elephant keepers 1997-2000: Fredrik Mohlin
Record history
History of updates2021-11-16

Latest document update2021-11-16 16:06:02
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Vienna Zoo, located at Maxingstrasse 13B, in Wien, Austria , was founded in 1752 and the first elephant arrived in 1772.

Living elephants

At the Vienna Zoo lives 5 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Abu born 2001-04-25
  2. Iqhwa born 2013-09-04
  3. Mongu born 2003-05-25
  4. Numbi born 1992
  5. Tonga born 1985

Comments / pictures1753: Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, being the oldest Zoo in the world, already opened by its founder and owner Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, for visitors in 1752.

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1772 The zoo has kept elephants since 1772.

1906: The second (Asian) elephant born in European captivity, Mädi was born here 1906 and lived 38 years.

1996: The new elephant park was built in 1996, covering 6. 700 m² and the stable includes 827 m², with 650 m² area for the cows, and three bull boxes, each measuring 63 m². There is pools inside and outside, and also a clay bath. The out enclosures is over 4. 600 m², divided in a larger area for the cows, and a smaller for the bull. Only "soft" moats are used, in order to reduce the accident risks.

2001: In 25 april 2001 the first elephant calf in Europe bred trough Artificial insemination were born here.

2007: Vienna Zoo transferred all their elephants into protected contact in 2007/2008.

References for records about Vienna Zoo

Recommended Citation

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

Sources used for this article is among others:

Vienna Zoo on

Vienna Zoo is mentioned on Elephant News:

DateLinks which opens in new window
2010-10-12Talking elephant kosik introduced overseas: reuters - Elephant News
2010-08-16Vienna zoo elephant calf to be named tuluba - Elephant News
2010-08-11African elephant numbi and her newborn son (6.8.2010) from tiergarten schönbrunn vienna - Elephant News
2013-09-05Newborn elephant at vienna zoo - Elephant News

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