Barack (Rocky) at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

Male Asian elephant Barack (Rocky) at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

Barack (Rocky)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 656 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 8 years
Management:Free contact
Location:Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
ArrivedRingling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation 2012-00-00
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation 2009-01-19
from
Born:2009-01-19 captive-born through
artificial insemination in
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
Birth weight (kgs and pounds): 113.00 kgs, 248.60 lbs
Parents: Doc x Bonnie
Siblings through the father Doc:
  1. 2015-05-12(M) Batu
Barack (Rocky)s pedigree:
P I II III

Barack (Rocky)

Sire:
Doc

Sire:
Charlie
Sire:
Dame:
Dame:
Alana
Sire:
Dame:

Dame:
Bonnie

Sire:
Vance (Matt)
Sire:
Dame:
Dame:
Sid (Sue)
Sire:
Dame:
Document updated2009-01-29: New elephant RE
2009-03-21: Name, Weight, Text RE
2009-03-29: Image RE
2010-01-27: Text RE
2010-02-09: Sire, Text RE
2010-04-21: recovered from herpes
2010-07-16: youtube video
2010-11-14: Text, SSP RE
2012-02-21: blue unit
2012-05-29: Retired RE
Barack, born on "inaugural eve of the 44th President of the United States at 11:50 p.m. and weighing 250 pounds," was the 22nd birth for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation. His birth was also the first calf born to the Ringling program via artificial insemination. His mother was fourteen year old, first time mother Bonnie, taken off the road just a few months before the birth. The father was determined by DNA testing; two male donors were used in the insemination process.

In January 2010, after appearing at the first two stops of the new Ringling Blue Unit Tour in Orlando and Jacksonville, year old Barack and his mother were returned to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk County. It was unsure whether he would return to the road later in the season. Ringling later announced that the calfs return to the CEC followed his infection with the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus. He was the second Ringling elephant to be infected, the first being his father Doc.

2010-04-08: Barack has recovered from the herpes virus, Ringling spokeswoman Amy McWethy said Friday. Hes "active and healthy," tipping the scale at about 1,400 pounds. Barack and his mother, Bonnie, are currently at the conservation center. Its still unclear when the mother-and-son duo will return to the circus lineup, McWethy said.

2010-07: Barack and his mother Bonnie returned to perform on the Ringling Brothers Blue Unit.


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