"Bolivar" in the Philadelphia Zoo
|† Forepaughs Bolivar||ID Number:||SSP Number: 555 -|
|Sex and age:||Male 47 years|
|Dead date:||† 1908-07-21|
|Arrived||Philadelphia Zoo 1888-12-25|
from Adam Forepaugh Circus
Adam Forepaugh Circus 1880-00-00
from Van Amburg Circus
Van Amburg Circus 1878-00-00
from Tower Menagerie
|Born:||1861 wild Sri Lanka|
|Body height (m and feet):||3.05 meter, 10.0 feet|
|Body weight (kgs and pounds):||6000.00 kg, 13200.00 lbs|
|Document updated||2012-03-09: picture, text|
2013-05-01: text, picture, added tower of london
|Killed 2 keepers/trainers before arrival in Philadelphia Zoo. |
1888-11-28: Adam Forepaugh bought Bolivar for 7 000 dollars.
He had been with the Van Amburgh show for some years, before being sold to the Adam Forepaugh show, and in 1888 when he was delivered to the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens he was believed to have been approx. 27 years old. The Forepaugh Bolivar died in 1908, and was believed to have been in its late 40's. Bolivar was considered so dangerous at the zoo, that he was never let out of his stall for the last 12 to 15 years of his life. Afterward, its skeleton and mounted hide were for many years on exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The Forepaugh Bolivar was reported to have been, ten feet at the shoulder and weighed 6 tonnes.
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One of Philadelphia’s biggest 19th-century celebrities was an enormous male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) named Bolivar. In the 1880s, Bolivar was the star attraction of Adam Forepaugh’s Circus, where he was billed as the “Largest & Heaviest Elephant in the World.” Unfortunately, he also had the reputation of being one of the meanest.Philly’s Un-friendliest Celebrity
Side-by-side displays of Bolivar in what is now part of North American Hall.
Ewell Sale Stewart Library & Archives Coll. no. 49.
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