Often refered to as Soest Zoo in studbooks, animal dealer Mr van den Brink imported a large number of elephants, especially in the late nineties, from Myanmar (Burma), and often through his farm in Soest. Some 22 animals were sold in 1989, and another 7 in 1990, all of them claimed to be captive bred, but without any significant confirmation of captive breeding. London-based Environmental Investigation Agency castigated Dutch authorities and asked the European Community Commission (the entity responsible for administering EC regulations and CITES) to implement a complete ban on import of elephants from Myanmar.
Nevertheless, Mr van den Brink supplied Europe with many young elephants, which today my be up to 80% of the breeding material. Without those imports of new blood from Burma, Europe would have had problems to keep the numbers in Zoos at level today.
In October 1996, the quarantine facilities at the farm Soeste of van den Brink, were closed down by the Dutch Government to build houses on this land.