Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Buttonwood Park Zoo in United States

♀ Ruth
Ruth. Buttonwood Zoo 12/2008. Photo: © Kristy Kaeterle
Ruth. Buttonwood Zoo 12/2008. Photo: © Kristy Kaeterle



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 66 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Buttonwood Park Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1986-10-29Buttonwood Park Zoo
from East Coast Camel Co (Brian Watson)

1978-00-00East Coast Camel Co (Brian Watson)
from Benson Wild Animal Farm

Record history
History of updates2012-05-28

Latest document update2024-01-07 01:42:38
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Ruth is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, in United States.

Ruth arrived in 1986-10-29 to the Buttonwood Park Zoo, relocated from the East Coast Camel Co (Brian Watson), in United States.


Ruth lives together with 1 other elephants at the Buttonwood Park Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Emily born 1964

Affiliated people

1: Slivers Madison (trainer to 1968) 2: Pinky Madison (trainer from 1968) 3: Brian Watson (trainer from 1978 to 1986)


Ruth was born wild 1958.

Comments / pictures

Queen & Liz plus, a 3rd elephant Ruth came to Bensons Animal Park in New Hampshire in 1963. They were originally trained by Slivers Madison - exceptionally well trained matter of fact. The were were well taught and more importantly, well mannered. Ruth was sold privately in 1978. She led a rough life for a while until she was confiscated and donated to the New Bedford Zoo in Massachusetts. Queen & Liz remained at the park until Feb. '88. They were sold, along with 'Jackie' an African, the previous fall at the park liquidation auction to Hawhtorn Corp (John Cuneo).
Bret Bronson, 2009-03-16

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ruth, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Buttonwood Park Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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