Franz van den Brink in Netherlands

Franz van den Brink
First elephant0
Closed down1996

Often refered to as Soest Zoo in studbooks, animal dealer Mr van den Brink imported a large number of elephants, especially in the late nineties, from Myanmar (Burma), and often through his farm in Soest. Some 22 animals were sold in 1989, and another 7 in 1990, all of them claimed to be captive bred, but without any significant confirmation of captive breeding. London-based Environmental Investigation Agency castigated Dutch authorities and asked the European Community Commission (the entity responsible for administering EC regulations and CITES) to implement a complete ban on import of elephants from Myanmar.

Nevertheless, Mr van den Brink supplied Europe with many young elephants, which today my be up to 80% of the breeding material. Without those imports of new blood from Burma, Europe would have had problems to keep the numbers in Zoos at level today.

In October 1996, the quarantine facilities at the farm Soeste of van den Brink, were closed down by the Dutch Government to build houses on this land.

Frans daughter Mareille Kip-Van den Brink today operates the Zoo Animal Transport company EKIPA together with her husband, Ernst Jan.

In rememberance of our 42 elephants. Shipment took place from 1976 to 1997, by boat from Rangoon, Burma to Rotterdam. In Holland by truck to our farm in Soest.

  • 3 females to London Zoo, inspected by Mr Brian and Mr John in Rangoon Zoo, Burma. Khaing Mya (Khine Mya Htoo),
  • 6 females of which one mother and her female baby to Zoo Amersfort, Holland. They were inspected in Burma by Mr Mario.
  • 5 females to Zoo Rhenen, Holland. They were inspected by Mr Peter up country and at Rangoon Zoo. (Khaing Hnin Hnin, Khaing Nwe, Khaing Phyo Phyo, Tin Tin Htoo, Yu Yu Yin)
  • 8 animals, 1 male and 7 females to Zoo Emmen, Holland. They were inspected at Rangoon Zoo by Mr Rieks. Thai (Thi Ha Way),
  • 3 animals, 1 male and 3 females from Soest to Tierpark Berlin DDR, to my friend in memoriam, professor Dr. Dathe. (Ankhor (Angkor)), (Kewa)
  • 1 female from Soest to Circus Berolina, Berlin, DDR. (Jenny)
  • 2 females from Soest to Baby Zoo Rappersville, Switzerland. (Rani and Sabu)+(Indi and Mapalay)
  • 2 females from Soest to Twycross Zoo, UK. Their inspecor came over to inspect the animals at our farm in Soest. (Minbu (Mimbu) and Tonzi)
  • 1 female from Soest to Zoo Maubeuge, France. (Birma)
  • 2 females from Soest to Zoo Palmir, Ms Claude, France. (Alix and Malicia)
  • 3 females, from Soest to Safari Park St. Vrain, France (Momo (Maman), La Grande and La Petite)
  • 1 female, from Rangoon to USA Milwaukee, accompagnied by my friend Mr Harry Oosterwaal, in memoriam. (Moola)
  • 2 females, from Rangoon by boat to Japan, accompanied by my friend, Mr Siemsen.
  • 2 females, by boat to Singapore, by plane to Zoo Seoul, Korea. Kima (Achima), +?
    G. van den Brink, Lutten, Holland, 2014

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