Karolina Bördin

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Karolina Bördin
Karolina  Bördin
Karolina Bördin shower elephant Saba April 2009 Photo Dan Koehl
Personal details
Country Sweden

Title researcher 2007-2012
Location at Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden

Biography details

Karolina Bördin , zoo biologist in Sweden

in Sweden dead 2012 in Sweden .

During 2007 and 2008 Research was being made by biologist Karolina Bördin in Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden.

The aim with this study was to measure the elephants’ motivation for different kinds of environmental Enrichment. This was done by letting the elephants pull a rope and thereby lift weights. If the elephant lifts the weights, she gets access to the Enrichment. The test is repeated once every day, with increased weight, until the elephant has reached her ”maximum price”. So far two tests have been carried out; a comparator test with hay (Saonoi pulled 454 kg and Bua pulled 381 kg) and an Enrichment test where the elephants opened the valve to a water hose (Saonoi pulled 309 kg and Bua pulled 236 kg).

To stimulate this behaviour in human care, an internet acoustic link was established with the German Colologne Zoo in order to offer Bua and Saonoi the opportunity to ”talk” to other elephants. Unfortunately, the project was not completed. Bördin was leading a Research elephants in Kolmarden Zoo, where the Zoos elephants would communicate verbally with the elephants in Colgne Zoo, through Internet.

Karolina Bördin was tragically killed by Wolfs in the Wolf enclosure in Kolmarden Zoo in 17th of June, 2012.

Karolina  BördinMemorial sign at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). biologist Karolina Bördin in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=197. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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