Barnum Bessie
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Christy Brothers Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Barnum Bessie  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown age
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Christy Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1926-00-00Christy Brothers Circus
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

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

1903-00-00Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Barnum and Baileys circus European tour

1897-00-00Barnum and Baileys circus European tour
from Barnum & Bailey Circus

Record history
History of updates2021-09-26

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Barnum Bessie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Christy Brothers Circus, in United States, .


Barnum Bessie was born wild .

Comments / pictures

Bessie were purchased by Bailey in the 1890's for the European Tour. After the Barnum & Bailey merge with Ringling Brothers, she became one of two Bessie's on the show. The Barnum Bessie remained at winter quarters from 1920-1925 until her sale to the Christy Brothers Show. It is assumed she died in their winter quarters. Ringling Bessie stayed with the new show until her death in 1930.

Records about Barnum Bessie from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
From Buckles Woodcocks blog:
Barnum Bessie in Christy Brothers Circus

William "Buckles" Woodcock
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Barnum Bessie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Christy Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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