Dan Koehl

Dan Koehl and the elephant Shiva at Stockholm Zoo Skansen
Gomphotherium angustidens, gouache on paper 1901 by Charles R. Knight, American Museum Natural History.
Dan Koehl and Shiva at Skansen. Photo: Roger Schederin

I grew up close to the Zoo Skansen in Stockholm and spend a lot of time there during childhood, and among other animals, being very facinated with the elephants, and their keeper Sven Borg.

After selling my first budgerigars to a Zoo-shop, I started to work there in afternoons rather than doing my home work, and soon became a passionated aquarist. As teenager I worked as sheepherd in Stockholm, and after working there and in Zoo-shops and farms I attended Zookeepers line at high-school.

I wanted to work with exotic animals. The same autumn, 17 years old, I went to Sri Lanka four months, studying working elephants, during the practice.

Now, as animal keeper since 47 years, I have worked from scorpions, aquarium fishes, birds and dogs, to sealions, hippos, giraffes, rhinos and almost 100 elephants of both species.

44 years as elephant keeper later, I am one of the few elephant consultants in europe, with experience from more than 90 elephants in 9 countries in three continents, from Sweden and Finland in the north, to Southafrica in the south, and Cambodia in the east.

When I started using Internet in 1995, I didnt find any information about elephants, so I made my first website. It has changed over the years, and is to a certain amount developed by its visitors, since I had a lot of questions the first years, and a lot of feedback.


The website has changed over those 26 years and a major renovation was done in october 2003 when I transfered the site into PHP and MySQL. I hope you like the website and found what you were looking for! More info: ORCID Wikipedia article, Dan Koehl CV | Contact


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More websites that I produced

  • Elephant News
  • European elephant keepers association
  • Evert Taube, swedish national poet
  • Imageware scanners in Austria
  • Nature photographer Jutta Kirchner
  • Tropicarium in Kolmarden, Sweden
  • ImageWare Scanner, Austria
  • Elephant Encyclopedia and database
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