Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl

Benny (Dumbo) at Toluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango)

† Benny (Dumbo)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 330 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 25 years old
Dead date: 2016-12-26
Death reason: unknown: kidney problem?
Location:Toluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango)
ArrivalToluca Zoo (Zoologico de Zacango) 2002-00-00
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
Born:1991-12-19 captive-born in
Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Parents: Vance (Matt) x Josky (Patne)
Siblings through the father Vance (Matt):
  1. 1983-09-09(M) Roman
  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 (Alice)
  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.
Benny (Dumbo)s pedigree:

Benny (Dumbo)

Vance (Matt)


Josky (Patne)

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

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