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

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Topsy  dead elephant


SSP nrT2303


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 27 years old
Born:* 1915 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1942-07-00
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Prospect Park Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1920-00-00Prospect Park Zoo
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

1919-00-00Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Barnum & Bailey Circus

Record history
History of updates2010-09-25

Latest document update2024-03-21 15:35:02
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† Topsy is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1942-07-00 at Prospect Park Zoo, in United States, .


The North American Regional Studbook lists this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number, lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity."

Topsy was born wild 1915 at Asia unspecified location.

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Contradictory records:

Did Topsy, before joined RBBB Herd in 1919, stay at Ringling bros, or Barnum and Baileys?

Records about Topsy from Bob Cline

TOPSY 1907 to 1918- Barnum & Bailey
Female Asian 1919 to 1929 - RBBB
1929- went to Prospect Park,Brooklyn,N.Y.
1929 to 1942 - Prospect Park Zoo
Died at the zoo July 1942

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

Records about Topsy from SSPNorth American Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Topsy:

T2303 F ~ 1915 WILD WILD ASIA ???? ______ Capture Topsy
RINGLING ~ 1918 ______ Transfer
PROSPECTP ~ 1920 ______ Transfer
~ Jul 1942 Death

Source: SSP studbook for Asian elephants online

Records about Topsy from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
From Buckles Woodcocks blog:
Topsy in Prospect Park Zoo

William "Buckles" Woodcock
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Topsy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Prospect Park Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • The Ringling Elephants 1888-1967, Bandwagon
  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States. Autor of the book Americas elephants
  • Richard Chiger
  • Ron Ellis, prev. head elephant keeper, Prospect Park Zoo

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