Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ringling Bros. Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Emperor  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus maximus
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Capture: 1870
Imported:1871 by Elbert Howes
Freight:by ship from Colombo
Dead: 1885-05-17
Death reason: disease: Tetanus
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ringling Bros. Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1895-00-00Ringling Bros. Circus
from Shelby, Pullman and Hamiltons Circus

1881-00-00Shelby, Pullman and Hamiltons Circus
from Central Park Zoo

1879-00-00Central Park Zoo
from Cooper and Bailey Circus

1878-00-00Cooper and Bailey Circus
from Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie

1875-07-23Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie
from Hudson River Railroad horse stables

1871-07-23Hudson River Railroad horse stables 1871-07-23
from New York Harbour

1871-07-22New York Harbour
from Port of Colombo

1871-00-00Port of Colombo
from Elbert Howes

1870-00-00Elbert Howes
from Sri Lanka unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2024-02-04

Latest document update2021-09-17 22:33:16
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† Emperor is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1885-05-17 at Ringling Bros. Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as Tetanus.


Emperor was born wild at Sri Lanka unspecified location, captured 1870 . and imported 1871 by Elbert Howes, by ship from Colombo

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From the Ceylon-import 1871.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Emperor, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ringling Bros. Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3859. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States. Autor of the book Americas elephants
  • page 23, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, Dokumentation 2 Nordamerika, 1997, by European Elephant Group: Haufellner, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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Categories1885 deaths | Born in Sri Lanka | 1870 captures | 1871 imports | Elephants from Ringling Bros. Circus | United States | Asian elephants

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