Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Ruth at Buttonwood Park Zoo

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


SSP nr367


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 63 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place:
Present / last location:Buttonwood Park Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1986-10-29Buttonwood Park Zoo
from East Coast Camel Co (Brian Watson)
East Coast Camel Co (Brian Watson) 1978-00-00
from Benson Wild Animal Farm (Bedford Zoo)

Document updated2009-01-31: Previous locations, SSP, Birth
2009-02-02: Image
2009-03-19: Previous locations, Text
2010-02-21: previous locations
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Ruth is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at Buttonwood Park Zoo, in United States.

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

In Buttonwood Park Zoo, Ruth lives together with 1 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Emily born 1964
  2. , (see detailed list).


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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Ruth, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Buttonwood Park Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 August 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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