Butch (Mickey) at Monterey Zoo, Elephants of Africa Rescue Society (EARS)

Male ♂ African Bush elephant Butch (Mickey) at Monterey Zoo, Elephants of Africa Rescue Society (EARS)

Butch (Mickey)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 442 - 
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 39 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Monterey Zoo, Elephants of Africa Rescue Society (EARS)
ArrivalMonterey Zoo, Elephants of Africa Rescue Society (EARS) 2001-04-00
from Barnyard Attractions
Barnyard Attractions 1985-00-00
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
International Animal Exchange (Ferndale) 1984-00-00
from Kruger National Park
Born:1981 wild in
Kruger National Park South Africa
Capture: 1983,
Document updated2012-05-24: Previous locations, Birth, Name, SSP RE
Butch is an maturing African bull elephant. Our understanding is that he arrived into this country in Texas. He was to be someone's pet. When they realized he was going to be a "large" pet, they decided they could not take care of him and he was sold to someone else. He was later bought at auction by the previous owner of the petting zoo. Butch is generally a friendly, kind, dependable elephant. He has begun to show signs of musth - even though we had been told that he had been castrated - over the last two years. We are currently monitoring testosterone levels in his blood in an attempt to anticipate the onset on musth this year. He has had some problems with one of his feet but with appropriate care, this has been successfully remedied.
Administrative Assistant Beverly Allen, BarnYard Attractions, 24th Aug 1998

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