African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport) in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Heather  dead elephant


SSP nr470


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 13 years old
Born:* 1984 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1986
Dead: 1997-08-06
Death reason: accident: heat exhaustion
Locations - owners
Present / last location:King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport), in United States

Date of arrival

1995-00-00King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)
from Great American Circus

Record history
History of updates2011-06-19

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Heather is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1997-08-06 at King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport), in United States, . Official death reason described as heat exhaustion.


Heather was born wild 1984, captured 1986 .

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The USDA revoked the license of King Royal Circus in December 1997 and levied a $200,000 fine after African elephant Heather was found dead in a crowded trailer parked in Albuquerque, New Mexico. USDA charged King Royal Circus with providing improper vet care and improper diet, using life-threatening transport methods and for neglecting and abusing performing animals.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Heather, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1772. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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