Don Pedro
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Barnum and Baileys circus European tour in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Don Pedro  dead elephant
Taxidermy locationLiverpool World Museum, , United Kingdom



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1898-05-15
Death reason: euthanised: strangulated in Liverpool, England, because he was agressive
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Barnum and Baileys circus European tour, in United States

Date of arrival

1897-00-00Barnum and Baileys circus European tour
from O'Brien Circus

Record history
History of updates2022-04-06

Latest document update2021-07-28 01:46:21
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† Don Pedro is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1898-05-15 at Barnum and Baileys circus European tour, in United States, . Official death reason described as strangulated in Liverpool, England, because he was agressive.

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Liverpool World Museum, in , United Kingdom, since 1898-05-15.


Don Pedro was born wild .

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Named after emperor Pedro I Braganza of Brazil.

Became aggressive in Liverpool, and executed on Baileys orders.
He was hung by a number of workmen (sources vary in how many were needed) with Bailey considered the expert in the matter by several veterinarians in attendance. His body went to the Liverpool museum.

Records about Don Pedro from Bob Cline

Male Asian 1860 - P.G. O'Brien Circus
1897 to 1898 - Barnum & Bailey Circus in Europe
Died - May 15, 1898 in Liverpool, England

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


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Don Pedro, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Barnum and Baileys circus European tour in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Fred Neill, Southampton, UK.
  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States. Autor of the book Americas elephants

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Categories1898 deaths | Liverpool World Museum Taxidermy | Elephants from Barnum and Baileys circus European tour | United States | Asian elephants

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