Bee (Burma) at Toluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango)

Female Asian elephant Bee (Burma) at Toluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango)

Bee. Toluca Zoo 02/2007. Won-Tolla
† Bee (Burma)
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female, unknown years
Dead date: 2010-04-28
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Toluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango)
ArrivedToluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango) 1980-00-00
from Africam Safari (Puebla Zoo)
Africam Safari (Puebla Zoo) 1974-00-00
from Mexico unspecified location
Mexico unspecified location
from Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus
Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus 1961-00-00
from ACME Circus Corporation (Bob Snowden)
ACME Circus Corporation (Bob Snowden) 1961-00-00
from Tony Gentry
Born: wild
Document updated2009-03-22: Previous locations, Birth, Name, Text, Image RE
2009-03-31: Current location, Management, Text RE
2010-05-19: death
2010-12-19: Mankiller RE
2012-05-28: Previous locations RE
Tony Gentry received Burma in 1953. He would eventually present three elephants. Burma and Gypsy were sold in 1961 to Bob Snowden of Acme Circus Corporation, later heading to Clyde Beatty - Cole Brothers Circus. Rex Williams immediately changed their names to Bee and Gyp. The two elephants would remain together upon their sale to Africam Safari in Mexico in 1974. Bee would later be sold to the Toluca Zoo in 1980.

It is said Bee had killed at least 2 people.

There were two enclosures for Asian elephants. In one was a pair, Ted, a tusked bull about 50 years old, and Bee, a female of about 60; in the other was a lone tuskless bull, Ramos, about 50 years old. All three were donations from a Mexican circus, and had narrowly escaped being destroyed because they killed their trainer and another person. (I am not sure that the ages given above are correct, but that is what I was told.)
International Zoo News Vol. 47/1 (No. 298) January/February 2000

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