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Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park

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 elephants are not always visible on the webcam.

The Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park is home to eight Asian elephants (Elephas maximus):

  • Maxi (m), born 1969 or 1970 in Thailand, in Zurich since 9/15/1981
  • Thai (m), born 11/2004 at Tierpark Hagenbeck in Hamburg, in Zurich since 8/12/2014
  • Ceyla-Himali (f), born 7/1975 in Sri Lanka, in Zurich since 3/24/1976
  • Indi (f), born 2/28/1986 in Burma, in Zurich since 10/8/1999
  • Chandra (f), born 5/13/2002 at Zoo Zurich, parents: Indi and Maxi
  • Farha (f), born 5/3/2005 at Zoo Zurich, parents: Ceyla-Himali and Maxi
  • Omysha (f), born 6/17/2014 at Zoo Zurich, parents: Indi and Maxi
  • Ruwani (f), born 2/25/2017 at Zoo Zurich, parents: Farha and Thai

Zoo Zurich keeps and breeds Asian elephants within the framework of the European Endangered Species Program, EEP.

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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:

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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.

Some figures

  • Area of the building: 5,400 square meters
  • Volume of the building: 56,000 cubic meters
  • Water volume of the indoor basin: 239 cubic meters
  • Water volume of the outdoor basin: 615 cubic meters
  • Roof area (including edge): 6,800 square meters
  • Type of wood: Spruce/European fir
  • Number of skylights: 271
  • Number of 3-ply panels: 600
  • Number of edge girders: 10,200
  • Number of blocks: 1,800
  • Number of screws: 500,000
  • Nails: 500,000

Construction of the elephant park

A time-lapse video of the construction of the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park.
Aerial view of the construction site.
Videos from the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park (YouTube playlist).

Webcams from the indoor and outdoor enclosures:

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Panoramic pictures of the indoor and outdoor enclosures:

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Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park on Google:

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