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  • 2018-10-28: HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) enabled,
    and URL domain address changed into https://www.elephant.se
  • 2018 Transfered to HTML 5 during March 2018
  • 2006 MySQL database created
  • 2003: Transfered to PHP during October 2003
  • Moved 1997-10-28 to domain http://www.elephant.se
  • 1996-05-01 moved to http://www.wineasy.se/elephant/
  • 1995-10-28 created at http://www.oden.se/~dankoehl

The website Elephant Encyclopedia has been online since 1995 and is owned, programmed and managed by elephant trainer Dan Koehl, Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2006, it comprises the world's largest Research database on individual elephants (and possibly on individual animals from a single Species overall). Cited by journalists, organisations and in scientific works, it has notably figured in regard to elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus and to evolution of Cancer suppression.(Wikipedia)

It is in no way a finished and complete documentation, but has reached a level where at least a visitor can get a rough overview of the captive population of elephants in history and today, as well as insight into elephantine specific medical issues.

The creation of the website in 1995 was inspired by the American Israeli zoologist, evolutionary biologist and an elephant specialist, late Dr Jeheskiel "Hezy" Shoshani, founder of The Elephant Research Foundation, who was also the editor for the the publication Elephant during a time, when less publications were written and easy to read and assimilate for elephant interested persons. Hezy not only inspired me, but also voluntarily helped me start the website and answer some of the FAQ questions from the website visitors, which I felt needed to be answered by a scientist. In order to create a network, the Elephant Listserver (elephant-@listserver.wineasy.se) became a valuable tool for exchange of information.

Unfortunately Hezy Shoshani was killed in a terrorism-linked explosion in a public minibus in Ethiopia in 2008, and the elephant world lost a most creative force and advocate of elephant Conservation.


We highly appreciate the up-to-date international elephant database website maintained by Dan Koehl. Petra B. van den Doel, Víctor Rodríguez Prieto, Sarah E. van Rossum-Fikkert, Willem Schaftenaar, Erin Latimer, Lauren Howard, Sarah Chapman, Nic Masters, Albert D. M. E. Osterhaus, Paul D. Ling, Akbar Dastjerdi, and Byron Martina


Reference list Koehl, Dan, (2024). www.elephant.se. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 September 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/index.php?id=2. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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