Barbara (Sheva)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Barbara (Sheva)  dead elephant


SSP nr253


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 35 years old
Born:* 1966 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1967
Dead: 2001-05-18
Death reason: disease: pulmonary infection caused by Streptococcus agalactiae
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States

Date of arrival

1996-04-25Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES)
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

1984-09-14Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
from Circus World (Polk City)

1974-02-04Circus World (Polk City)
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

1972-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)

1967-00-00Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)
from Billy Smart Circus (William Smart Circus)

Record history
History of updates2021-06-23

Latest document update2021-01-13 17:57:54
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† Barbara (Sheva) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2001-05-18 at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES), in United States, . Official death reason described as pulmonary infection caused by Streptococcus agalactiae.


Barbara (Sheva) was born wild 1966, captured 1967 .

Comments / pictures

Barbara was the second resident to be relocated to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. In October 1998, surgery was performed to remove overgrown Teeth from her mouth.

I was told to report to Venice in October of 1973 since they wanted these elephants out of winter quarters by Thanksgiving so as not to interfere with the Blue Show rehearsal.
When I arrived these seven elephants were named (L to R) Matsho, Patna, Assam, Sheva, Sandry, Mala and Minyak, mostly out of vanity I immediately changed most of their names with the intention of leaving my stamp on Ringling elephants that would be around for the next half century.
By the time this picture was taken in the Venice Arena their names were "Hope" for my sister in law, "Josky", "Babe" for my mother, "Barbara" for my wife, "Sophie" for Chappie's wife, "Lalea" for my mother in law and I kept the same name for "Minyak" since I liked the name.
Over the next few years as the result of bartering "Hope" went to Rex Williams who renamed her "Gyp" and "Babe" wound up in the Columbus Zoo.
Nobody could remember my mother in law's name so it reverted back to "Mala".

Buckles Web Log, Circus World 1974 #8, 2009-03-10

This is Circus World Feb. 4, 1974, the day we arrived from Venice with the first 17 elephants: Anna May, Peggy, Rose, Manja, Rebecca, Gilda, Carmen, Mudu, Zina, Tagu, Minyak, Mala, Sophie, Barbara, Babe, Josky and Hope. The Park opened Feb. 21 and two days later I took delivery on "Bonnie" an African and then on July 21, an Asian male "Hugo" from the Jacksonville Zoo"
Buckles Web Log, To Cindy Potter, 2007-03-08

"Barbara suffered for 20 years from an undetermined wasting disease and died of an opportunistic Pulmonary infection caused by Streptococcus agalactiae."

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Barbara (Sheva), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary (TES) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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