Sheba (Nirvana) at Ridgeways circus

† Sheba (Nirvana)
ID Number:   ASMP Number: 47 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown years old
Dead date:
Death reason: disease: choked to death of twig/pneumonia? / death from a branch
Location:Ridgeways circus
ArrivedRidgeways circus 1973-08-00
from Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo 1970-04-07
Born:1967 wild
Document updated2010-05-23: birth year, ASMP Nr.
2012-03-14: death location
2012-03-14: merged with 5865, duplicate Sheba.
2013-10-18: attack on truck driver
1974: Nirvana was sold to a circus after near accidents involving the staff.
During transport she attacked the truck driver in the dark and took his finger straight off.

She was sold to Ridgways Circus in New Zealand. Because she had been bought for the zoo with money raised by public donation her name had to be changed. With the circus her name became Sheba and she lived for about 10 years. I think that she died of pneumonia
Steve Robinson, 2010.

Sheba choked to death in Christchurch on a small twig from a branch of a tree she was eating. She was buried there.

Sources, among others

  • Tony Ratcliffe
  • Steve Robinson

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