Ueno Zoo in Japan

Ueno Zoo

Size14.3 ha
Place Tokyo
District Ueno district
Country Japan
Website Website

Directors1937-1941: Koga Tadamichi (1903-1986), “Japans Mr. Zoo”. (Kawata, 2001)
1941-1945: Fukuda Saburo (1894-1977).
1945-1962: Koga Tadamichi (1903-1986) (Kawata, 2001)

Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2020-11-03

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Ueno Zoo, in Tokyo, Japan , was founded in 1882.

Living elephants

At the Ueno Zoo lives 3 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Arun born 2020-10-31
  2. Authi born 1998
  3. Surya born 1994

Comments / pictures1882: Ueno Zoo opened as the first zoo in Japan.

1949: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India presented Ueno Zoo with an elephant named after his daughter, Indira, in 1949. In a letter he sent to the children of Tokyo, Prime Minister Nehru said, “Indira is a fine elephant, very well-behaved. . . I hope that when the children of India and the children of Japan will grow up, they will serve not only their great countries, but also the cause of peace and cooperation all over Asia and the world. So you must look upon this elephant, Indira by name, as a messenger of affection and goodwill from the children of India . . . ”

1983-08-11: Indira, a female elephant presented to Japan by the late Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and named after his daughter, now India\'s prime minister, died at Tokyo\'s Ueno Zoo today, zoo officials said.

2002: It is now home to the fourth and latest elephant, 7-year-old female Surya, as well as another two elephants also given to Japan by India.

2005: "At the Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo\'s Taito Ward, a zookeeper was killed in December 2005 by a blow to the head from an Asian elephant\'s tusk."

References for records about Ueno Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Ueno Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=758. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

Ueno Zoo on elephant-news.com

Ueno Zoo is mentioned on Elephant News:

DateLinks which opens in new window
2020-08-25Athi an asian elephant bull, at ueno zoo is dead - Elephant News
2007-06-07Call of the wild - Elephant News
2009-09-21Inokashira park zoo celebrates 55 years of elephant hanako - Elephant News
2011-09-21Ueno zoo's asian elephant gives birth at 34 - Elephant News
2012-01-11Japans oldest asian elephant set to turn 65 - Elephant News
2016-11-01Asian elephant at tokyo’s ueno zoo has miscarriage - Elephant News
2020-11-01Ueno zoo celebrates 1st birth of elephant - Elephant News

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