Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Madrid Zoo (Casa de Campo) in Spain

♀ Nova


EEP nr9311


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus sumatranus
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1993-11-26 captive-born
Birth place: in Taman Safari Indonesia (Bogor Zoo)
Total: 5 babies

1. Born 2005-02-14 Horas EEP id: 200502

2. Born 2009-08-26
(dead † 2009-08-26)

3. Born 2012-05-08 Bogor EEP id: 201206

4. Born 2016-10-12 Pilar EEP id: 201609

5. Born 2020-03-08 Hope EEP id: 202004
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Madrid Zoo (Casa de Campo), in Spain

Date of arrival

2015-09-29Madrid Zoo (Casa de Campo)
from Tierpark Berlin

2003-03-04Tierpark Berlin
from Halle Zoo

1996-08-15Halle Zoo
from Tierpark Berlin

1996-08-14Tierpark Berlin
from Taman Negara National Park

Record history
History of updates2009-08-20: Previous locations, Birth, Text
2011-07-15: pregnant
2012-05-24: not pregnant
2016-01-02: transfer
2021-01-31: subspecies

Latest document update2021-01-31 02:03:27
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Nova is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Madrid Zoo (Casa de Campo), in Spain.

Nova arrived in 2015-09-29 to the Madrid Zoo (Casa de Campo), relocated from the Tierpark Berlin, in Germany.

Nova lives together with 5 other elephants at the Madrid Zoo (Casa de Campo):
  1. Cynthia (Chyntia) born 1995-01-12
  2. Hope born 2020-03-08
  3. Pilar born 2016-10-12
  4. Valentino born 2004
  5. Vera born 2017-03-21

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


  1. (M) 2005-02-14 Horas EEP id: 200502
  2. (F) 2009-08-26 -- † 2009-08-26 stillborn
  3. (M) 2012-05-08 Bogor EEP id: 201206
  4. (F) 2016-10-12 Pilar EEP id: 201609
  5. (M) 2020-03-08 Hope EEP id: 202004


Nova was born captive-born 1993-11-26 at Taman Safari Indonesia (Bogor Zoo).

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In August 1996, Cynthia and Nova were sold to the Berlin Tierpark but were transferred to the Halle Zoo for six years until arriving in Berlin in March 2003.

Contradictory records:

The 2007 European Asian Studbook lists Cynthia and Nova as being transferred to Halle from Indonesia six years before another transfer to Berlin Tierpark, whereas the 2008 version states ownership was taken by Berlin a day before their trip to Halle.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Nova, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Madrid Zoo (Casa de Campo) in Spain. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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