Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Benny (Dumbo) at Toluca Zoo


 ☨ ♂ Benny (Dumbo)  

Identification

SSP nr330

Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 25 years old
Origin
Born:* 1991-12-19 captive-born
Birth place: in Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

Parents: Vance (Matt) x ♀ Josky (Patne)
Death
Dead: 2016-12-26
Death reason: unknown: kidney problem?
Locations
Present / last location:Toluca Zoo, in Mexico

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2002-00-00Toluca Zoo
from Circo Hermanos Vazquez
Circo Hermanos Vazquez 2000-04-01
from Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)
Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain) 1999-00-00
from Circus Vargas
Circus Vargas 1996-00-00
from Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)
Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain) 1992-11-00
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Roman Schmitt Busch Garden 1992-09-11
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 1992-04-26
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

Document updated2009-01-01: Name, Text, Source
2009-03-01: Text
2009-03-29: Current location, Text
2009-03-31: Text
2009-04-29: Text, Image
2010-05-19: text
2016-12-29: dead
2018-03-16: death reason? removed picture of Ramos
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Description

† Benny (Dumbo) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Toluca Zoo, in Mexico, 2016-12-26. Official death reason described as kidney problem?. (see detailed list).

Origin


Benny (Dumbo) was born captive-born 1991-12-19 at Roman Schmitt Busch Garden.

Parentage


Parents of Benny (Dumbo) are: ♂ Vance (Matt) (father) and ♀ Josky (Patne) (mother).


Siblings through the father Vance (Matt):

  1. 1983-09-09(M) Big Boy
  2. 1983-11-23(F) Targa
  3. 1984-02-02(M) Smokey (Rhani, Ronnie)
  4. 1985-11-24(M) Luke (Sabu)
  5. 1987-01-22(M) Bo (Joe, Kalanan)
  6. 1987-04-02 -- † 2006 (M) Ceasar
  7. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  8. 1988-01-16(M) Hank
  9. 1988-12-30(F) Angel
  10. 1989-07-21 -- † 1989-07-21 (M) stillborn
  11. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
  12. 1990-04-13(F) Karnaudi
  13. 1991-01-06 -- † 1999-04-21 (F) Belle
  14. 1992-04-04(F) Tanya
  15. 1992-04-17 -- † 2006-01--31 (F) Maya (Sammi, Sami, Samuel R II)
  16. 1992-05-25(M) Tommy (Mickey)
  17. 1992-10-17 -- † 1992-10-17 (F) stillborn
  18. 1994-08-19 -- † 1998 (M) Kenny (Kenneth)
  19. 1994-10-29(F) Bonnie
  20. 1995-02-03 -- † 1999-07-26 (M) Benjamin
  21. 1995-02-19(F) Shirley
  22. 1996-01-01(F) Kelly Ann

Siblings through the mother Josky (Patne):

  1. 1984-00-00(F) Luna (Nancy)
  2. 1987-10-10 - † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  3. 1995-02-03 - † 1999-07-26 (M) Benjamin
  4. 2002-05-21(M) P.T.

Pedigree


Benny (Dumbo)s ancestral Pedigree:
P I II III

Benny (Dumbo)

Sire:
Vance (Matt)

Born: 1963

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Dame:
Josky (Patne)

Born: 1967
Dead:

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Comments / pictures

Contrary to some reports, Benny was not castrated.
Benny was bought by the Vasquez Circus from Trunks & Humps for $40,000. He was smuggled from Texas to Mexico by the Mexican circus owner, who bribed Mexican customs officers with $4,500 to sneak the elephant across the border. He was confiscated from the circus in 2002 and transferred to the Toluca Zoo.


There were two enclosures for Asian elephants. In one was a pair, Ted, a tusked bull about 50 years old, and Bee, a female of about 60; in the other was a lone tuskless bull, Ramos, about 50 years old. All three were donations from a Mexican circus, and had narrowly escaped being destroyed because they killed their trainer and another person. (I am not sure that the ages given above are correct, but that is what I was told.)
International Zoo News Vol. 47/1 (No. 298) January/February 2000



Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Benny (Dumbo), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Toluca Zoo in Mexico. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 August 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4256. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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