The father of Elephants

Kenneth has been working closely with one of the world’s greatest mammal for 7 years. Every day he takes care of Bibi, Maj and Tanja in Aalborg Zoo - a job which is both extremely giving and very dangerous.

Kenneth has been working closely with one of the world’s greatest mammals for 7 years. Every day he takes care of Bibi, Maj and Tanja in Aalborg Zoo - a job which is both extremely giving and very dangerous. In Aalborg Zoo, the zookeepers get incredibly close to the amazing animals since the elephant facility is based on full contact. This means that Kenneth can walk around among these mighty African creatures while feeding them and activating them socially. 

Working with elephants requires patience. It takes about two years to establish a relation to an elephant, and this mutual bond is essential because elephants are intelligent and highly sensitive animals. In many ways, they resemble humans in the way they express feelings like empathy, sorrow, and happiness. They can sense if you are sad, happy or even ill. And they smell everything. At one point, one of the elephants could smell the pregnancy of one of the other zoo keepers – way before she knew about it herself! 

Kenneth has a great passion for the fight against poaching and illegal trade in endangered species. He believes that there is a great need to communicate every aspect of how and why the African elephants is endangered in nature and what needs to be done about it. The elephants at Aalborg Zoo work as ambassadors for distributing the important message to the world and creating awareness. Kenneth is part of a project called Black Mamba, a local project in South Africa, which fights against poaching and illegal trade. Aalborg Zoo contributes to the projects with both finances and a yearly visit - and Kenneth looks forward to visiting again soon.

When visiting Aalborg Zoo, we are sure you will be impressed with the intensity of these fantastic animals. Almost like Tanzania, right?

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Kenneth Madsen, Zoo keeper

You can learn more about Kenneth and all the other zookeepers at Aalborg Zoo when you visit. Just a tip.

Kenneth’s best Aalborg-tip:

- Aalborg Waterfront

- Fjordbyen

- Nordkraft

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