Jumbo II (Safari)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Cole Brothers Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Jumbo II (Safari)  dead elephant
Taxidermy locationWashington National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, United States


Museum accession number NMNH USNM 261011
SSP nr308


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 12 years old
Characteristics: Skull, Skeleton, Tusks. eyeballs & misc. parts stored in a jar of alcohol
Born:* 1924 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1936-11-26
Death reason: disease: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Cole Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1934-12-19Cole Brothers Circus
from Belle Isle Nature Zoo (Safariland, Detroit Zoo)

1930-07-07Belle Isle Nature Zoo (Safariland, Detroit Zoo)
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

1930-03-00Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
from Circus Busch (Paul Busch)

1929-00-00Circus Busch (Paul Busch)
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

1927-00-00Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck

Record history
History of updates2022-04-07

Latest document update2021-07-28 07:38:26
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† Jumbo II (Safari) is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1936-11-26 at Cole Brothers Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis).

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Washington National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC, United States, since 1936-11-26.


Jumbo II (Safari) was born wild 1924.

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"Safari" was purchased from the Detroit Zoo. At first it was thought he would have to be transported to and from the lot by wagon but as it turned out he was no trouble at all and fit right into the program. In the Press he was given the name "Jumbo II".

Hugo Schmitt once told me that he personally had delivered "Safari" to Detroit from the Hagenbeck Zoo in Germany in 1928. While there he made a trip to Chicago to see the Ringling Show and his interpreter that day was "Camel Dutch" Narfsky.

I am having trouble trying to convince people that "Safari" died of Tuberculosis in 1936. As mentioned before, Eddie Allen was present when he died as well as when he was posted afterward. He said the Vets were amazed that he lived as long as he did since his Lungs were almost eaten away.

When the subject of "Safari" came up Eddie Allen said it was a sad story, evidently he had unknowingly come from the Zoo terminally ill from TB. He seemed to be fine the first season but gradually in 1936 he became more and more listless and toward the end of the season moving back and forth from the train, Eddie had to drive him from horseback to make him keep up with the Herd.
Back in the Rochester, Ind. Winter Quarters, "Safari" died on Thanksgiving Day.

William Buckles Woodcock

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Jumbo II (Safari), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Cole Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2351. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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