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 Belfast Zoo, NI, Tina,Dhunja,Yhetoo. Jenny RIP
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Original post 7 Dec 2010:

"Due to the cold weather, the zoo is currently closed".

And snow has affected the schedule for the zoo's promotion of its "A Magical Christmas", but events include:
"Make fruit decorations for the elephants".
then
"Watch the elephants enjoy their festive treats."
"Decorate a tree with treats for the elephants".

The zoo appears to have been closed to visitors since 26 November, so maybe the animals have been spared a visit by Santa and his elves. No external media reports that I can find.
Hope the elephants got their "treats" ...


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Original post 16 April 2011:

Elephants welcome Bingbangbong

Bingbangbong have celebrated their tenth anniversary by becoming our latest corporate partners and official sponsors of the Asian elephant enclosure ...

Bingbangbong founder and managing director Paul Marshall said, "We are absolutely delighted to further develop our relationship with Belfast Zoo. Just like the elephants, our no-nonsense outdoor musical instruments are extremely robust and will be around for a very long time.”

Bingbangbong have [provided] an exciting prize for their latest competition and are inviting local schoolchildren to send in suggestions to name the baby elephant in their logo ... The school that proposes the winning name will win ... a special behind-the-scenes visit to the elephants ...


http://www.belfastzoo.co.uk/newsandevents/...tem.aspx?id=156


Using elephants for commercial gain ...

Bingbangbong recently underwent a complete corporate rebranding and our staff overwhelmingly selected an elephant-theme and a baby elephant as the new company logo..
http://www.bingbangbong.com/zoo.html

According to a post on Belfast Zoo's Facebook (11 April), "the kids were loving it" [the bingbangbong].
And the elephants ... ?


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Original post 11 May 2011:

BELFAST Zoo is planning an ‘elephantastic’ weekend to celebrate Yhetto the Asian elephant’s 34th birthday.


To celebrate this special occasion visitors will be able to enjoy a range of fun activities, including a talk from the elephant keepers, a jumbo arts and crafts exhibit, face painting, birthday games and much more.


http://www.newtownabbeytoday.co.uk/communi...t_zoo_1_2668830


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Original post 17 May 2011:

Visitors have an elephantastic time!

Curator Alyn Cairns was delighted with the turn out for Yhetto’s special day, “It was a great, fun-filled day for the elephants, the visitors and for all of the Belfast Zoo team. Visitors loved the unique experience of getting to help decorate the cake in the elephant enclosure and were also able to learn about our four girls, their backgrounds and our contribution to the conservation of Asian elephants.”

http://www.belfastzoo.co.uk/newsandevents/...tem.aspx?id=160


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Apology for having missed this report of 20 January 2012:

Tina recovers after fall

Tina, the Asian elephant, had another fall yesterday. She is now back on her feet and keepers are keeping a close eye on her.

20 years ago, Tina’s leg was injured when she was mixed with a bull elephant for breeding purposes. This injury resulted in limited flexibility of her leg and when Tina falls on the wrong side she has difficulty getting back up. After her fall today, the zoo team worked quickly and Tina was back on her feet in no time!

Curator, Alyn Cairns said, “We made a decision a number of years ago to become a ‘sanctuary’ for a group of elderly non-breeding female elephants. As part of this decision we were well aware of all of the health considerations, risks and responsibilities that are associated with caring for older elephants. Tina is a much loved member of the Belfast Zoo family and most of our visitors have fond memories of her. She is now 46 years old, which is relatively old for an Asian elephant but there is no permanent damage and she is doing well under the care of her keepers".


http://www.belfastzoo.co.uk/ZooHome/NewsAndEvents/5337.aspx


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No need to apologize s4e. There has been so much elephant news and even with so many advocates sharing, it is almost impossible to share every item.

Thank you for this update. Poor Tina ...


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Tina the Elephant Recovering from Dental Treatment

When we have toothache, we go to the dentist, but when you’re an Asian elephant at Belfast Zoo, one of the world’s most specialised zoo dentist’s comes to you.

Belfast Zoo’s Asian Elephant, Tina, is currently recovering from dental surgery she received on Monday 23 April.


http://insideireland.ie/2012/04/25/tina-th...reatment-67339/


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What does that mean "We've decided to become a "sanctuary?"" A zoo-sanctuary? If they can do that, then they can send their elephants to real sanctuaries or stop calling themselves a zoo.


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Dhunja, the Asian elephant celebrated her 39th birthday in style as Belfast Zoological Gardens gave her a birthday party she is likely to never forget.

Dhunja who was born in 1973 spent most of her life in a circus until she was rescued and rehomed at Hanover zoo in 1998.

Zoo manager, Mark Challis, said “Dhunja arrived at Belfast Zoo in 2009 when we made the decision to become a sanctuary for elderly non-breeding female elephants.”



http://insideireland.ie/2012/05/15/elephan...fast-zoo-70263/


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Adding this article of 6 April 2009 re Jenny and Dhunja to this topic

Belfast Zoo’s two latest attractions have finally arrived

Asian elephants Jenny (48) and 32-year-old Dhunja are not expected to forget the two-day journey from their old stomping ground of Hanover Zoo to Belfast, where they will spend their retirement.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/loc...d-14259455.html




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No mention of the elephants, but Belfast Zoo closed for a week owing to heavy snowfall.

Animals coping as snow closes zoo

"As the majority of our animals have been born in Belfast or in other European zoos they are acclimatised to the cold weather."

http://www.u.tv/Entertainment/Animals-copi...2c-6a67563abdc0

However, I see that all 4 Asian females currently housed by the zoo are wildborn, so will not naturally be acclimatised.
That being said, - JENNY (52) was at Hannover Zoo for 26 years [in 1985, her dead calf was removed via Caesarean section and ropes]; DUNJA (40) was in circuses and then at Hannover Zoo for 9 years; YHETOO (36) spent all her captive life in Krefeld and Hannover Zoos in Germany; TINA (48) spent all her captive life, after being in a pet store in Birmingham UK, at Belfast Zoo.

http://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=189&show=1


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Note on Belfast Zoo's facebook yesterday afternoon:
Due to the recent poor weather, we will be closed over Easter ...

More barn-time for the elephants.


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Dear Jenny (53) died on 23 August 2013 - an aggressive cancer and heart attack.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23881521

Jenny's passing will be remembered every year on the date of her death, and her name has been added to the "Elephant Deaths" forum, where you will find more news reports.
Rest in peace, Jenny.


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Zoo-goers to have bird's eye view of the action as crucial Love/Hate scenes could be filmed at Belfast Zoo

The filming would take place in the chimpanzee enclosure with a crew of approximately 40 people but this could be limited down to 20 people.


http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tv...o-30227588.html


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Thanks for posting, SL.
Sounds like the thin end of the wedge ...


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Belfast elephants enjoy 'mud spa'

Clay donated by the lorry-load from renovations at an east Belfast park has been put to good use - creating a special mud bath for the elephants at Belfast Zoo.

http://www.u.tv/entertainment/Belfast-elep...7c-0d2d850cf896


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Photo of the elephants, but no mention of them in this article:

Belfast Zoo manager among 11 staff suspended by city council

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/loc...l-30276088.html


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Happy 50th birthday for Tina the Elephant


Belfast Zoo was trumpeting a special day today for one of its inhabitants – Tina the Elephant, who has turned 50 years old.

The Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon was at the zoo as Tina got some birthday treats, which included a pedicure for her and fellow elephants.


http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/happy-50t...phant-1-6155706


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Tina the elephant marks 50th milestone

Tina arrived at Belfast Zoo in 1966, from Tyseley Pet Store, in Birmingham. The cost of shipping an elephant was £20.

When she first arrived in Belfast, she measured only one metre in height and weighed about 150 kilograms.

Over the years, Tina has become well-known and loved with both Belfast Zoo staff and visitors and while she lived in her enclosure in the 'old zoo' site, she gained a notorious reputation...


http://www.u.tv/Entertainment/Tina-the-ele...d1-8df968fdc43a


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Photo from Belfast Zoo Facebook this morning:

Dhunja celebrates her elephantastic 43rd birthday today!

Dhunja arrived to Belfast Zoo in 2009 from Hannover Zoo where she joined Tina and Yhetto.


https://www.facebook.com/belfastzoo/photos/...?type=1&theater


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Councillor vows to have Belfast Zoo handed over to Assembly control

It is home to more than 140 species of animal, including Asian elephants, giraffes, sea lions, penguins, ring-tailed lemurs, apes, monkeys, Malayan tapirs, giant anteaters, Malayan sun bears, Visayan warty pigs, Barbary lions and Sumatran tigers. The zoo also carries out important conservation work and takes part in over 90 European and global collaborative breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/nor...l-34177573.html


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Close Belfast Zoo and put land to new public use: councillor

Read more: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/ni-busine...2#ixzz3r7u2kGbf





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Belfast councillor calls for zoo’s closure

Ulster Unionist councillor Chris McGimpsey has told a recent council meeting that the zoo is losing £2 million year, and he wants to see it closed.

He said: “My personal position is that the zoo is unethical and immoral and should be closed. You don’t conserve a species by taking them from foreign places and sticking them on the side of Bellevue Hill."


http://www.u.tv/News/2015/11/10/Belfast-co...s-closure-48633


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Belfast Zoo lost £1m last year as doubts shroud future

Belfast Zoo was opened in 1934. It is currently home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species on its 55-acre site, including elephants, bears, monkeys, lions and a kangaroo ...

"Zoos are a thing of the past; Victorian peep shows, not what people want any more.

"We are taking animals that normally would have been on flat plain land and we stick them on a hill overlooking Belfast Lough in areas which are just too small.

"It is virtually impossible to run a zoo without there being massive concerns about animal welfare."


http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/nor...e-34359305.html


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Belfast Zoo on a steep slope literally and financially - things must change

Yes, Chris McGimpsey's critique of the zoo needs to be taken seriously.
Some will agree with his animal rights perspective.
Can those "unsustainable" losses be cut back, or is the zoo actually too small to have any prospect of viability?

Are the slopes of the Cave Hill the best place for breeding exotic rare breeds?
And do we need the whole zoo in order to encourage native breeds?


http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/...e-34765688.html


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Report dated 12 June 2016:

Watch: Mystic elephant at Belfast Zoo predicts Northern Ireland V Poland result

The craic has been good-hearted so far but Northern Ireland is going to eat Poland alive on the pitch this evening...

That's the brave prediction from Belfast Zoo's mystic elephant, Dhunja.


http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/sport/footbal...st-zoo-11460191


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