Frequently Asked Question

Elephants in urban zoos experience a lot of noise, is that a problem?

Elephants are extremely sensitive to very low frequency sound and are able to detect such sounds over long distances. City environments, trucks and trains, generators and air traffic produce sound at the frequencies at which elephant hearing is most sensitive and also at the frequencies at which elephant themselves communicate.

It is neither healthful nor humane to keep elephants, or any animal, in an environment where they are continuously exposed to loud noise. The usual and often quite respectless kakofoni of sounds from visitors is in itself a big burden for zoo elephants.