Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Swe San Thay at Emmen Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Swe San Thay  
Swe San Htay. Emmen Zoo 2008. Photo: © Petra Prager
Swe San Htay. Emmen Zoo 2008. Photo: © Petra Prager


EEP nr7904


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 31 years old
Born:* 1979-11-28 captive-born
Birth place: in Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)
Freight:By boat from Rangoon, Burma to Rotterdam
Dead: 2010-02-17
Death reason: accident: fell during birth, and broke her pelvis
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 1998-02-08 Maung Htoo EEP id: 9805

2. Born 2006-05-23
(dead † 2017-04-00)
Unt Bwe EEP id: 200607

3. Born 2008-03-07
(dead † 2008-03-07)
miscarriage EEP id: 200804

4. Born 2010-02-17
(dead † 2010-02-17)
noname EEP id: 201001
Present / last location:Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1988-06-27Emmen Zoo
from E.A.G. van den Brink
E.A.G. van den Brink 1988-06-00
from Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)

Document updated2009-02-09: Previous locations
2009-03-25: Image
2010-02-18: Birth, Death, Text
2010-03-02: death reason
Google map
Random literature

† Swe San Thay is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Emmen Zoo, in Netherlands, from accident 2010-02-17. Official death reason described as fell during birth, and broke her pelvis. (see detailed list).


  1. (M) 1998-02-08 Maung Htoo EEP id: 9805
  2. (M) 2006-05-23 -- † 2017-04-00 Unt Bwe EEP id: 200607
  3. () 2008-03-07 -- † 2008-03-07 miscarriage EEP id: 200804
  4. (M) 2010-02-17 -- † 2010-02-17 noname EEP id: 201001


Swe San Thay was born captive-born 1979-11-28 at Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo). and imported 1988, By boat from Rangoon, Burma to Rotterdam

Comments / pictures

In June 1988, the Emmen Zoo imported seven Asian elephants from Burma. These seven would form the heart of the herd to later birth many calves.

In February 2010, keepers found Swe San Thay dead in the barn during morning inspections. No apparent cause of death of found preceding necropsy.

Swe San Thay means "golden abundance" in Burmese.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Swe San Thay, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Emmen Zoo in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 August 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:


Internal relevant links

External relevant links (Opens in new window)

    Search more on the web for Swe San Thay

    (The name Swe San Thay is already submitted into the link, just click on the link for relevant results)

  • Billboard
  • Buckles Blog
  • Elephant_Commentator
  • elefanten.wikia
  • Google Internet search
  • Google Books
  • ZooChat

  • Categories2010 deaths | 1979 births | Born in Myanmar | Breeding cows | EEP | 1988 imports | Elephants from Emmen Zoo | Netherlands | Asian elephants

    This document was updated: 2020-10-18 09:43:37

    Elephant Encyclopedia and database

    Established 1995
    Established 2006
    Search for keywords
    Your ip: