Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Benjamin at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

† Benjamin
ID Number:   SSP Number: 381 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 4 years old
Dead date: 1999-07-26
Death reason: accident: drowned
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
ArrivalRingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit) 1998-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation 1995-00-00
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Born:1995-02-03 captive-born in
Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Parents: Vance (Matt) x Josky (Patne)
Siblings through the father Vance (Matt):
  1. 1983-09-09(M) Roman
  2. 1983-11-23(F) Targa
  3. 1984-02-02(M) Smokey (Rhani, Ronnie)
  4. 1985-11-24(M) Luke (Sabu)
  5. 1987-01-22(M) Bo (Joe, Kalanan)
  6. 1987-04-02 -- † 2006 (M) Ceasar
  7. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  8. 1988-01-16(M) Hank
  9. 1988-12-30(F) Angel (Alice)
  10. 1989-07-21 -- † 1989-07-21 (M) stillborn
  11. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
  12. 1990-04-13(F) Karnaudi
  13. 1991-01-06 -- † 1999-04-21 (F) Belle
  14. 1991-12-19 -- † 2016-12-26 (M) Benny (Dumbo)
  15. 1992-04-04(F) Tanya
  16. 1992-04-17 -- † 2006-01--31 (F) Maya (Sammi, Sami, Samuel R II)
  17. 1992-05-25(M) Tommy (Mickey)
  18. 1992-10-17 -- † 1992-10-17 (F) stillborn
  19. 1994-08-19 -- † 1998 (M) Kenny (Kenneth)
  20. 1994-10-29(F) Bonnie
  21. 1995-02-19(F) Shirley
  22. 1996-01-01(F) Kelly Ann
Siblings through the mother Josky (Patne):
  1. 1984-00-00(F) Luna (Nancy)
  2. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  3. 1991-12-19 -- † 2016-12-26 (M) Benny (Dumbo)
  4. 2002-05-21(M) P.T.
Benjamins pedigree:
P I II III

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Document updated2009-12-13: SSP, Death, Text
2012-02-21: blue unit
Sometimes stated as born at Ringling, but according to EEG Benjamin was born at Roman Schmitt.

Benjamin drowned in a pond while playing. During the season, the train had stopped to water the elephants.

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