Schöpfi at Dresden Zoo

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Schöpfi at Dresden Zoo

Shöpfi in Dresden 2005. Photo: © Petra Prager, Berlin

Shoepfi with rider Dan Koehl 1999
Photo: © Petra Schmidt, Dresden Zoo
† Schöpfi
ID Number:EEP Number: 6004 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Dead date: 2010-02-03,
Death reason: disease: foot problems, osteomyelitis
Location:Dresden Zoo
ArrivedDresden Zoo 1960-10-07
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) 1960-00-00
from Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Tierpark
Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Tierpark 1960-00-00
from George Munro
Born:1958 wild India
Capture: 1960, Assam, India
Freight:Shipped together with two other elephants from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany
Document updated2010-02-04: death
Dan Koehl and Schöpfi in Dresden Zoo 1999
Shöpfi was a very kind and gentle elephant that had gone through a lot. She was captured in Assam, India, in 1960, and shipped together with two other elephants (possibly Nika?) from Calcutta in India to Bremerhafen in Germany.

Schöpfi was named after Albin Schöpf (born 1823) director in Dresden Zoo 1861-1881.

During an outbreak of elephant smallpox in DDR in the beginning of the 90´s, she lost all of her herd 1990-1991, as lone survivor.

She was very fond of getting scratched with a rake during the morning work, and volontarily came and asked fo scratching, see the photo to the right.

Sources, among others

  • Jörg Burger, head elephantkeeper, Dresden Zoo
  • Winfried Gensch, Dresden Zoo
  • Jonas Livet, France

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