Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Manuela (Manula) at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

 ☨ ♀ Manuela (Manula)  



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1951
Death reason: disease: pneumonia?
Present / last location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1950-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
from Baptiste Schreiber

Document updated2009-04-26: Text
2010-10-08: corrected death location.
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† Manuela (Manula) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, in United States, from disease 1951. Official death reason described as pneumonia?. (see detailed list).


Manuela (Manula) was born wild .

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In 1950, John North acquisitioned the "Baptiste Schreiber Acrobatic Elephants" after seeing the act in Europe. The presentation consisted of two female Asian elephants: Manula would strike the teeterboard, vaulting the performer onto the back of a waiting Lelabardi. During the winter of 1950/1951, Manula suddenly caught a cold during the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey tour of Havana, Cuba. With this ending the act, Schreiber returned to Europe and Lelabardi was sold to the Mills Brothers Circus (with Minnie) in 1951 under Hugo Schmitt.

I found the death notice yesterday in Billboard on Feb. 3, 1951 on page 50 that says she died in the RBBB Sarasota Winter quarters last Sunday after catching a cold in Cuba. ( Last Sunday equals Jan. 21st. ) So she did not die in Cuba as had been told by previous sources.
Bob Cline

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Manuela (Manula), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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