Hebe (Babe)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Unknown in Unknown

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Hebe (Babe)  dead elephant
Babe is lead elephant at the left
Babe is lead elephant at the left


SSP nr2


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus maximus
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Status:Lost to follow-up
Born:* 1860 wild
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Capture: 1870
Imported:1871 by Elbert Howes
Freight:by ship from Colombo
Dead: 1912?
Death reason: unknown:
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 1875-05-31
(dead † <1875-06-01)

2. Born 1880-03-10
(dead † 1907-11-08)
Columbia (Young America) SSP id: 3
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Unknown, in Unknown

Date of arrival

from Barnum and London Circus

1881-00-00Barnum and London Circus
from Cooper and Bailey Circus

1878-00-00Cooper and Bailey Circus
from Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie

1871-07-23Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie
from Hudson River Railroad horse stables

1871-07-22Hudson River Railroad horse stables
from New York Harbour

1871-07-22New York Harbour 1871-07-22
from Port of Colombo

1871-00-00Port of Colombo
from Elbert Howes

1870-00-00Elbert Howes
from Sri Lanka unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2021-09-18: importer, location history

Latest document update2021-09-17 23:00:51
Random literature

† Hebe (Babe) is a dead Lost to follow-up Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1912? at Unknown, in Unknown, .


  1. (M) 1875-05-31 -- † <1875-06-01 Joe
  2. (F) 1880-03-10 -- † 1907-11-08 Columbia (Young America) SSP id: 3


Hebe (Babe) was born wild 1860 at Sri Lanka unspecified location, captured 1870 . and imported 1871 by Elbert Howes, by ship from Colombo

Comments / pictures

From the Ceylon-import 1871.

Dead around 1912?

Although her mother, Hebe, commonly known about the show as Babe, was one of the best-natured elephants I ever knew, the daughter grew meaner and meaner as she got older, until in 1905 or 1906 she had to be killed. Mr. Bates, who was assistant superintendent of elephants for a long period of years, told me she inherited her vicious disposition from her sire.
W. Henry Sheak, The Elephant in Captivity, Natural History, September-October 1922

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Hebe (Babe), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Unknown in Unknown. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1012. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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