Along with the Masoala Rainforest, the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park is the new focal point in the eastern area of Zoo Zurich. It is home to Asiatic elephants and 10 other species. The underwater view is a particular highlight.
The Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park is home to eight Asian elephants (Elephas maximus):
Zoo Zurich keeps and breeds Asian elephants within the framework of the European Endangered Species Program, EEP.
Other species living at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park: Bali myna, black-breasted leaf turtle, Goliath birdeater, house mouse, blackbuck, giant forest scorpion, lesser mouse-deer, Madagascar hissing cockroach, Silkie and crested partridge.
Our animal lexicon contains information on all of the above species:
One of the most striking architectural features of the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park is the curved roof of its indoor enclosure, measuring 6,800 square meters. It was designed as a flat, free-form wooden shell and is equipped with 271 skylights made from UV-permeable ETFE film. It has a web-like, transparent, organic structure to blend into its surrounding forest environment. The indoor enclosure has a diameter of 80 meters. Its wooden roof does not feature any columns or other supporting elements on the inside.
Sustainability was a high priority during the construction of the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park. Its main building material is wood. The structure is heated via a district heating system using Zoo Zurich's central woodchip heater. Rainwater is collected on the roof and used for ground-level irrigation, moistening the sand, dusting the plants, and for the basin system. A sophisticated control system ensures that the air conditioning of the indoor enclosure is as resource efficient as possible.
Webcams from the indoor and outdoor enclosures:
Panoramic pictures of the indoor and outdoor enclosures:
Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park on Google: