Wuppertal Zoo in Germany

Wuppertal Zoo
Wuppertal elephant crew, Sweni and her newborn calf
Wuppertal elephant crew, Sweni and her newborn calf


Address Hubertusallee 30
Zip-code 42117
Place Wuppertal
Country Germany
Website Website

Directors 2017-2020: Severin Dressen (assistant director)

Key People 2015-2017: Severin Dressen (curator)

Veterinarians: Lisa Grund (veterinarian)
: Saskia Dreyer (veterinarian)

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Filipe von Gilsa
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers -: Vanessa Hagedorn
-: Gustav Röckener
Record history
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Wuppertal Zoo, located at Hubertusallee 30, in Wuppertal, Germany , was founded in 1879.

Living elephants

At the Wuppertal Zoo lives 6 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Gus born 2019-04-20
  2. Kimana born 2020-04-20
  3. Mali born 2022-10-14
  4. Sabie born 1992
  5. Tika born 2007-07-13
  6. Tuffi born 2016-03-17

Comments / pictures In May 1927 the elephant house was completed and on May 27th the Asian elephant couple "Krishna" and "Lakshmi" moved in together with the two hippos "Bubi" and "Rosa". After a change in stock corporation law, the stock corporation was dissolved in 1937 and the zoo was taken over by the city of Wuppertal, which is the owner of the zoo to this day.

Wuppertal Zoo in Germany Germany"Krishna" and "Lakshmi" before 1940.

Krishna was shot during loading on a transport in 1940 after he destroyed the transport container..
Lakshmi killed a nurse in 1941 by crushing her against a wall. 1943 she was evacuated due to the war and died during a bambattack on her way back to Wuppertal.

Wuppertal Zoo in Germany Germany

The old elephant house. Photo © Maureen Stevens 1949

Wuppertal Zoo, 1951
Wuppertal Zoo in Germany Germany
Wuppertal Zoo in Germany Germany

References for records about Wuppertal Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Wuppertal Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=69. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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