Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl

Mekong at Knies Kinderzoo

Male ♂ Asian elephant Mekong at Knies Kinderzoo

Mekong in out enclosure at old house in Prague Zoo. Photo: Dan Koehl, 2010.
ID Number:EEP Number: 8405 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ about 38 years old (approximate age)
Body weight: 5300.00 kg, 11660.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Location:Knies Kinderzoo
ArrivalKnies Kinderzoo 2020-05-20 from Emmen Zoo
Emmen Zoo 2016-01-26
from Amsterdam Artis Zoo
Amsterdam Artis Zoo 2014-12-04
from Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) 2009-11-27
from Leipzig Zoo
Leipzig Zoo 1984-05-09
from Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo)
Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo) 1983-11-11
from Dak Lak province unspecified camp
Born:~1982 wild Vietnam
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 6 babies

  1. (M) 2002-04-05 Voi Nam, EEP nr: 200203
  2. (M) 2016-04-05 Maxmi­lian, EEP nr: 201604
  3. (F) 2016-10-16 Sanuk, EEP nr: 201610
  4. (M) 2018-04-02 Mauk, EEP nr: 201805? (EEP nr N/A)
  5. (M) 2018-06-26 Manoa, EEP nr: ? (N/A)
  6. (F) 2020-07-16 -- † 2020-07-16 stillborn (premature)
Document updated2009-11-27: transfered to Prague Zoo
2009-12-16: photo of Mekong in Prague
2012-02-29: weight
2016-01-03: transfer 
2016-12-14: transfer 
2018-05-16: origin Dak lak
2020-05-09: Pictures
2020-05-20: relocated to Rappersville

Mekong in the old elephant bull enclosure in Prague Zoo, 2010. Photo: Dan Koehl

Mekong in the old elephant house in Prague Zoo, 2009. Photo Daniela Dunger

Mekong in Leipzig. Photo Petra Prager

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