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Trunkful of Memories Farewell Dhunja and Yhetto

Date: Monday 8 to Sunday 14 July

Venue: Belfast Zoo

Category: Belfast Zoo


Belfast Zoo is marking the transfer of Asian elephants Dhunja and Yhetto with a week of farewell events from 8 to 14 July.

The pair are moving to their new home in Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands where they will join with two other compatible elephants to create a new herd of four – the ideal social structure for older female elephants in their later years.

Come along to the zoo to:

  • see the animals at special feeding times throughout the day
  • take time out at the Zoo café and enjoy daily screenings of The Zoo movie, which tells the wonderful true story of how a lonely widow and three schoolchildren banded together to save an elephant in Belfast Zoo during World War II
  • join elephant talks and hear about all the history of elephants during 90 years of Belfast Zoo
  • fill the elephants’ packing trunks with postcards full of your memories and well wishes
  • grab a photo with the Zoo mascots
  • create your own keepsake with elephant-themed activities
  • visit the elephants and wish them farewell
  • pose for a photo souvenir at the Photography Basecamp
  • pick up a commemorative memento booklet from the Zoo gift shop

For more information, to book tickets and to view opening hours, visit (link opens in new window)

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