Annabelle, an Asian Elephant, was born in India in 1964. In 1966, in a Chiffon Tissue contest sponsored by Crown Zellerbach, the winner was given the option to choose between "$3,000 or a baby elephant". The prize-winner, Anchorage grocer Jack Snyder, chose the elephant. Annabelle was initially kept at the Diamond H Horse Ranch, located in the Hillside area of Anchorage and owned by Sammye Seawell, which had the only heated stalls available. Annabelle was one of the first animals housed in the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage when it was founded as the Alaska Children's Zoo in 1969, along with several orphaned and injured animals in need of homes, including a black bear, seal, Arctic fox, and petting zoogoats.
Anne, "Britain's most famous elephant" and the last circus elephant in the UK. She became cause célèbre for animal rights activists. The owner of Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire was convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the elderly elephant, but is given conditional discharge as judge strongly criticises the animal rights activists' tactics. Anne retired to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, arriving in April 2011, where there are plans to create an elephant sanctuary that can be home for as many as four elephants including Anne.
Ayed, female elephant favoured by Tipoo Sultan the Tiger of Mysore. She was killed in 1799: the British cut her heels to make her kneel even though suspected to be pregnant[clarification needed] but the dignity of the elephant was such that she died on foot.
Baby Roger, purchased at age two by the children of Providence for the Roger Williams Park Zoo in 1893. in 1901, a Long Island filmmaker made a short about him, "A Visit to Baby Roger". He was much loved until he grew older and became irritable and was sold to a circus in 1915. He toured Europe and was killed in Georgia after attacking his keeper and killing a female elephant who was stealing his hay feed.
Betty the Learned Elephant, the third elephant and first trained elephant in the United States. After her owner claimed that even bullets could not pierce her hide, she was shot by local men in Chepachet, Rhode Island on May 25, 1826.
Columbia, the first captive-born circus elephant. P. T. Barnum attempted to buy her from the Bailey Circus, and the refusal resulted in the merging of the two circuses.
Drona, preceded Balarma (see above); died from accidentally electrocuting himself in 1998
Echo, the "most studied elephant in the world, the subject of several books and documentaries, including two NATURE films"
Fanny the elephant, a former circus elephant that resided in Slater Park Zoo in Pawtucket, Rhode Island from 1958–93. She was moved to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch sanctuary in 1993 because the city closed the zoo exhibits due to financial crises. She lived the last ten years of her life at the sanctuary and died in 2003. A statue to her memory stands in Slater Park.
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Gypsy , (a.k.a. Empress) a circus elephant of the W. H. Harris World-Famous Nickel Plate Show was shot and killed by the local Chief of Police in November 1902 after she killed her trainer and went on a rampage for several hours in Valdosta, Georgia at the circus' winter quarters. Originally known as Empress with the Forepaugh circus, she had reportedly killed at least five people before being sold and renamed.
Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's elephant whose name is the origin of the word jumbo (meaning "very large" or "over-sized"). The African elephant was given the name Jumbo by zookeepers at the London Zoo. The name was most likely derived from the Swahili word jumbe meaning "chief". The Tufts University mascot is named after Jumbo. In Mysore, India Vijayadashami Elephant procession during Dasara is called as Jumbo Savari (referred to as Jumbo Savari by the British during their control of Mysore State). The original name to this procession is Jumbi Savari (going to the Banni(Shami)tree). Now Goddess Chamundeshwari is taken in procession on an Elephant. But the "Jumbo" name is still intact. Jumbo was the name of another elephant, used by John Hoyte et al. to cross the Alps in 1959 to retrace Hannibal's march across the Alps.
Kesavan, an Indian elephant which was associated with the Guruvayur temple in Kerala, India. The elephant was known for its extremely devout behaviour.
The Kilimanjaro Elephant, recognized for the enormousness of its tusks. His tusks weighed 237 and 225 lb; no other tusk in history ever weighed more than 190 lb. Each are more than ten feet long and two feet in circumference at the base. It was believed that he was killed on the northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1898. The British Museum of Natural History bought the pair of tusks in 1932, and after an attempt was made to steal them in 1937, they were taken off exhibit. Inspiration for Mike Resnick's book Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future.
Kolakolli, an Indian rogue elephant from Peppara sanctuary that died in captivity in 2006.
Mary a.k.a. "Mighty Mary" and "Murderous Mary", a circus elephant executed on September 13, 1916 in Erwin, Tennessee. She was hanged by a railroad derrick car at the Clinchfield Railroad yard. This is the only known elephant hanging in history. Mary, who toured with the Sparks World Famous Shows circus, killed her inexperienced keeper, Walter "Red" Eldridge, on September 12, 1916 during a circus parade in Kingsport, Tennessee. Eldridge had supposedly hit Mary's tusk or ear when she wandered from the parade line to eat a piece of discarded watermelon.
Modoc,an Indian Elephant who performed in the North Circus in New York,N.Y., and later starred on Ralph Helfer's famous 1960's show,Daktari. Two books involve her, The Beauty of the Beasts, and Modoc, both by Ralph Helfer.
Mona - euthanized June 21, 2007 at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama. Thought, at 60, to have been the oldest Asian elephant in the United States. After the death of her companion, Susie, Mona's health and living conditions were the subject of a long campaign to have her transferred out of the zoo to a sanctuary.
Motty, the only confirmed Asian/African hybrid elephant; survived for just 12 days
Norma Jean, struck by lightning, c. 1972, during a circus parade in Oquawka, Illinois. She was buried where she died, and a marker now lies on this spot.
Old Bet, an early American circus elephant owned by Hachaliah Bailey. On July 24, 1816, she was shot and killed while on tour near Alfred, Maine by a farmer who thought it was sinful for poor people to waste money on a traveling circus. Old Bet's owner responded by building a three story memorial called the Elephant Hotel which now serves as a town hall.
Packy (1962— ), resident of Oregon Zoo (formerly Washington Park Zoo, originally Portland Zoo) in Portland, Oregon. First Asian elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years. Now the patriarch of the zoo's herd and has sired seven offspring (although four have died).
Elefante Pino, (12/15/1981–present) Cuba's most famous elephant. Was housed in the Camaguey zoo since in captivity. Pino is best known for its love affair with a goat that entered its enclosure from a neighboring exhibit.
Toung Taloung, "the Sacred White Elephant of Burma", purchased by P. T. Barnum from the King of Siam for $250,000 – said to be the origin of the expression White Elephant meaning something "more expensive to keep than its worth"
Tyke, a circus elephant who on August 20, 1994 in Honolulu, Hawaii, killed her trainer Allen Campbell and gored her groom Dallas Beckwith, causing severe injuries during a Circus International performance before hundreds of horrified spectators. Tyke then bolted from the arena and ran through downtown streets of Kakaako for more than 30 minutes. Police fired 86 shots at Tyke, who eventually collapsed from the wounds and died.