Sophie (Sandry)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Little Rock Zoological Gardens in United States

♀ Sophie (Sandry)
Babe, Mandy Turnbull & Sophie. Niabi Zoo 02/2009. Photo: © Mandy Turnbull
Babe, Mandy Turnbull & Sophie. Niabi Zoo 02/2009. Photo: © Mandy Turnbull

Identification

SSP nr194

Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Management:Free contact
Origin
Born:* 1969 wild
Birth place:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Little Rock Zoological Gardens, in United States

Date of arrival

2013-10-21Little Rock Zoological Gardens
from Niabi Zoo

2003-03-08Niabi Zoo
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

1999-00-00Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

1979-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
from Circus World (Polk City)

1974-02-04Circus World (Polk City)
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

1972-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit) 1972-00-00
from Billy Smart Circus (William Smart Circus)

Record history
History of updates2009-02-28: Previous locations, Management, Text, Source RE
2009-03-04: Text, Image RE
2012-02-22: corr blue unit
2012-06-16: Name RE
2013-10-22: transfer

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Biography

Location


Sophie (Sandry) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Little Rock Zoological Gardens, in United States.

Sophie (Sandry) arrived in 2013-10-21 to the Little Rock Zoological Gardens, relocated from the Niabi Zoo, in United States.

Sophie (Sandry) lives together with 2 other elephants at the Little Rock Zoological Gardens:
  1. Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie) born 1976
  2. Zina (Zita, Siena) born 1960

detailed list with arrival dates etc.

Origin


Sophie (Sandry) was born wild 1969.


Comments / pictures

In Feburary 1974, the first 17 elephants arrived at Circus World from Venice - Anna May, Peggy, Rose, Manja, Rebecca, Gilda, Carmen, Mudu, Zina, Tagu, Minyak, Mala, Sophie, Barbara, Babe, Josky and Hope.
In 1979, the Ringling Brothers presented the Blue Unit with the "Minyak Five" (Minyak, Mala, Barbara, Josky and Sophie) and the the "Center Ring Five" (Carmen, Zina, Peggy, Hugo and Gilda).
In 1986, the Ringling Brothers presented the Blue Unit with Siam, India, Calcutta, Jewel, Lucy, Betty, Rani, Suzanne, Jenny, Targa, Kernaudi, Roma, Putsie, Karen, Carmen, Sophie, Bonnie, Nicole, Icky and Alana (in order of seniority).
In November 2002, Kathy Sh-Boom was the oldest known captive elephant to have died from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus, 30 months after Babe's arrival at the age of 40. After Kathy's death, Ringling donated another elephant to Niabi Zoo in March 2003, Sophie. Niabi Director Tom Stalf said it is assumed Kathy contracted the disease from Babe. Both Sophie and Babe were both later tested positive as carriers for the disease. They were selected for the RBBB's companionship program after a recommendation not to breed, due to Babe's ovarian cysts and Sophie's Arthritis.

I don't know when she came off the road but she was definitely at the CEC from 1999 until 2003 when she was given to the Naibi Zoo in Coal Valley, Ill. //Bob Cline


Contradictory records:

EEG claims she was born 1960 in an unknown country, before arrving at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey in 1972.

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). Sophie (Sandry), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Little Rock Zoological Gardens in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 6 December 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3066. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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