Exhibitions

Soon in Elephant World

Life of the elephant

The Life of the Elephant Hall is an overview of the daily life of elephants; how they grow, how they live and what their part is in their ecosystems. One of the most extraordinary exhibits of this hall is the depiction of the different species of elephants on earth and the differences between them. These life-size pictures give a great impression of how big they are and the peculiarities of the different elephants.

There are also other parts in this hall about different characteristics and facts about the elephants. For example, that the structure of the skull is important to make the head strong or how elephants have special genes that mitigate cancer.

To explain the effect that elephants have on their environment, we will take a walk around the different parts, which will show why what they do is so important for other animals. Afterwards, there is a film room with an animated film about the life cycle of elephants and how special it is. From the pregnancy of about 2 years, how they grow up, how they live in the herd, until they die naturally between the ages of 60 and 70.

Art works

Our collection consists of more than 5000 artworks related to the elephant. We have a wide range of artworks, made of almost all types of materials. We have works of art from a few millimetres up to a few metres high. An enormous variety of artistic forms in which the elephant has been captured. 

Even more impressive are the paintings made by elephants themselves. These were made without coercion in the last century. We are aware that many paintings made by elephants today were made under duress with the use of a pointed object by the mahout. As elephant lovers, we emphasise that our paintings are made voluntarily, we can assure this due to the thorough research we conduct on all art pieces that come to our door.

In the collection we have works of art made from a variety of materials. In our possession are a number of works made of ivory. Not from elephant tusks, but made from the nuts of the tagua palm, better known as ivory nuts. We are very proud of this part of our collection and hope that more people will discover the beauty of tagua nuts. In the Art Hall there is a special section dedicated to the diversity of materials within our collection.

Thematic exhibitions 

Theme exhibitions will be organised regularly. These exhibitions consist of sculptures, paintings/aquarelles and photographs. A theme-exhibition is an exhibited for 4 to 6 months (depending on the interest). Most thematic exhibitions are repeated after a few years, with new works of art and an extended story.

The evolution of elephants

The evolution of the proboscideans goes back 65 million years.

With images, a clear timeline and film, the past comes to life. With control panels, you can stop the images to take a closer look, go back to an earlier stage or go forward in time. On a large screen, you can witness the evolutionary process; you will be amazed to see how generations of proboscideans adapted to the changes in climate and the changing world. The protection of the elephants is actually the purpose of the exhibition.

The protection

The protection of elephants is the main goal of the exhibitions and activities at Elephant World. In the Protection Hall, an overview is given of the elephant populations in recent years. It shows what is being done to protect the elephants and what more could be done. There will be direct video links with the elephants in the orphanages and the possibility of virtually giving a bottle of milk to a baby elephant. In the last section, various conservation organisations will show what they do to protect the elephants, where you can get information about their work and what they have achieved in recent years.