Tom Thumb
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Bronx Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Tom Thumb  dead elephant


SSP nrT2300


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown age
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Anuradhapura forest
Capture: 1851 Anuradhapura forest
Imported:1851-05-04 by P. T. Barnum
Freight:by sailship "Regatta"
Death reason: killed: Executed by electrocution
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Bronx Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1887-00-00Bronx Zoo
from Barnum & Bailey Circus

1885-00-00Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Barnum and London Circus

1882-00-00Barnum and London Circus
from Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo
from P. T. Barnum

1851-05-04P. T. Barnum
from Port of Colombo

1851-00-00Port of Colombo 1851-00-00
from Anuradhapura forest

Record history
History of updates2022-05-05

Latest document update2021-09-15 16:14:55
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† Tom Thumb is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Bronx Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as Executed by electrocution .


The North American Regional Studbook lists this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number, lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity."

Tom Thumb was born wild at Anuradhapura forest, captured 1851 , captured at Anuradhapura forest. and imported 1851-05-04 by P. T. Barnum, by sailship "Regatta"

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Records about Tom Thumb from Bob Cline

TOM THUMB 1882 to 1884 - Barnum & London Circus
Male Asian 1885 to 1887 - Barnum & Bailey Circus
Bronx Zoo
Executed by electrocution

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tom Thumb, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Bronx Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 14 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • The elephant in America 1840-1860, by Stuart Thayer,'>Bandwagon
  • Page 14, 30, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, Dokumentation 2 Nordamerika, 1997, by European Elephant Group: Haufellner, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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