Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Dan Koehl

Dan Koehl and the elephant Shiva at Stockholm Zoo Skansen
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 46 years, I have worked from scorpions, aquarium fishes, birds and dogs, to sealions, hippos, giraffes, rhinos and almost 100 elephants of both species.

43 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 25 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.


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More websites that I produce

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