Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sheba (Nirvana) at Ridgeways circus

 ☨ ♀ Sheba (Nirvana)  


ASMP nr47


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ < 1, unknown age
Born:* 1967 wild
Birth place:
Death reason: disease: choked to death of twig/pneumonia? / death from a branch
Present / last location:Ridgeways circus, in Australia

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1973-08-00Ridgeways circus
from Wellington Zoo

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
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† Sheba (Nirvana) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Ridgeways circus, in Australia, from disease . Official death reason described as choked to death of twig/pneumonia? / death from a branch. (see detailed list).


Sheba (Nirvana) was born wild 1967.

Comments / pictures

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.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Sheba (Nirvana), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ridgeways circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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