Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Sosto Zoo in Hungary

♀ Tanja

Alternative name: Tanya


EEP nr8204


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 49 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1975 unknown
Birth place: in India unspecified location
Imported:1980? by Zoo-Forss (Ingemar Forss)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Sosto Zoo, in Hungary

Date of arrival

2009-09-12Sosto Zoo
from Terra Natura theme park, Benidorm

2004-08-29Terra Natura theme park, Benidorm
from Gänserndorf Safari Park

2002-11-09Gänserndorf Safari Park
from Port Lympne Zoo

1992-07-23Port Lympne Zoo
from Boras Zoo

1982-03-01Boras Zoo
from Eskilstuna Zoo

Eskilstuna Zoo
from Port of Trivandrum

Port of Trivandrum
from Zoo-Forss (Ingemar Forss)

Zoo-Forss (Ingemar Forss)
from Trivandrum Zoo

Trivandrum Zoo
from India unspecified location

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History of updates2020-10-23

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Tanja is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Sosto Zoo, in Hungary.

Tanja arrived in 2009-09-12 to the Sosto Zoo, relocated from the Terra Natura theme park, Benidorm, in Spain.


Tanja lives together with 6 other elephants at the Sosto Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Jambo born 2004-03-15
  2. Kibo born 2022-08-29
  3. Kimani born 2018-06-16
  4. Kwanza born 2001-08-13
  5. Motki born 1969
  6. Yasmin (Yasmine) born 1966


Tanja was born unknown 1975 at India unspecified location. and imported 1980? by Zoo-Forss (Ingemar Forss)

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Contradictory records:

Records about Tanja from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Tanja:

8204 F ~ Oct 1975 WILD WILD THAILAND ~ Oct 1975 NONE Birth TANYA
ESKILSTUN 1 Jan 1981 NONE Transfer
BORAS 1 Mar 1982 EEI002 Transfer
LYMPNE 23 Jul 1992 P92064 Transfer
SAFARIGAN 9 Nov 2002 M05006 Loan to
TERRA NAT 30 Aug 2004 EA006 Transfer

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

According to EEG born 1972?

Official origin in EEP records is Thailand, But according to Jonas Wahlström, Skansen-Akvariet, Stockholm, Sweden, she was shipped from the port in Trivandrum, with origin from south India. (Jonas and animal-dealer Ingemar Forss went with her on the ship from India)

Attacked keepers Mikael Eriksson and Tony Svensson in Boras Zoo, why she was transfered to off-hand and exported to Port Lympne. Very hairy in younger ages.

Tanja had during her first 25 years extremely amounts of hair, see photo.

Tanja in Sosto Zoo
Tanja as teenager in Borås Zoo
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tanja, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Sosto Zoo in Hungary. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1376. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Dan Koehl
  • Erland Axel Wadsten
  • Jonas Wahlström
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling

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