Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo) at San Diego Zoo

† Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 491 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 39 years
Dead date: 1939
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive
Location:San Diego Zoo
ArrivedSan Diego Zoo 1937-10-01
from Cole Brothers Circus
Cole Brothers Circus 1935-00-00
from William P Hall Animal Farm
William P Hall Animal Farm 1928-00-00
from Unknown
Unknown 1920-00-00
from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)
Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan) 1903-00-00
from Campbell-Bailey-Hutchinson Circus
Campbell-Bailey-Hutchinson Circus 1920-00-00
from William P Hall Animal Farm
William P Hall Animal Farm 1919-00-00
from R.T. Richards Circus
R.T. Richards Circus 1917-00-00
from Wheeler Brothers Circus
Wheeler Brothers Circus 1916-00-00
from Barton and Bailey Circus
Barton and Bailey Circus 1915-00-00
from William P Hall Animal Farm
William P Hall Animal Farm 1911-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Ringling Brothers Circus 1903-00-00
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt)
Born:1900 captive-born Sri Lanka
Parents: x Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny)
Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo)s pedigree:

Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo)



Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny)

Document updated2009-01-12: Previous locations, Text
2010-09-29: mankiller
2010-11-23: euthanised
"One of the most memorable events during Souder's career was the delivery of "Vanita" from the Hagenbeck Zoo in 1903 along with her nursing calf. The Ringlings couldn't resist the temptation of announcing she was born in winter quarters, hence the name "Baby Baraboo".
She eventually developed an evil disposition and was sold to Wm. P. Hall in 1911 who leased her to a variety of shows until she was sold by the Hall Estate to the new Cole Bros. Circus in 1935.
My father was around her (now called "Boo") when he worked for Hall and told me of many adventures they had."

Perl Souder #3, Buckles Web Log, 05/14/06

Leo Crook and Arthur Hoffman leased four elephants from Hall for the Cook and Cole Circus in 1927. In this herd were two famous elephants, old Major and Boo. Boo was originally Baby Baraboo on the Ringling Bros. Circus in 1903. She was sold to Hall about 1917, along with the Lockhart pair. When the Cook and Cole show closed after playing twelve dates, the four bulls were shipped back to Lancaster.
William P. Hall By Fred D. Pfening, III. Bandwagon, Vol. 10, No. 6 (Nov-bDec), 1966, pp. 4-17.

Records about Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo) from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
In 1937, the Cole Bros. Circus gave the Zoo two female elephants: Tommy and the infamous Boo. Soon tiring of Boo’s homicidal tendencies, Wegeforth had her executed.

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