Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Carson and Barnes Circus in United States

♀ Kelly


SSP nr611


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 52 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1970 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1971
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1996
(dead † 1996-00-00)
stillborn SSP id: 748
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Carson and Barnes Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1971-06-00Carson and Barnes Circus
Record history
History of updates2009-01-29: New elephant

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Kelly is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Carson and Barnes Circus, in United States.

Kelly arrived in 1971-06-00 to the Carson and Barnes Circus, Kelly lives together with 12 other elephants at the Carson and Barnes Circus:

  1. 2. ♀ Becky born 1969
  2. 3. ♀ Bunnie
  3. 4. ♀ Chang born 1972
  4. 5. ♀ Isa born 1970
  5. 6. ♀ Isla born 1968
  6. 7. ♀ Libby
  7. 8. ♀ Lisa
  8. 9. ♀ Lulu born 1975
  9. 10. ♀ Tracy (Traci, Tracey) born 1970
  10. 11. ♀ Val born 2007-04-27
  11. 12. ♀ Viola
  12. 13. ♀ Zola born 1965

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


  1. (F) 1996 -- † 1996-00-00 stillborn SSP id: 748


Kelly was born wild 1970, captured 1971 .

Comments / pictures

Isa, Lilly, Alta, Viola, and Margaret were babies about mid chest high when I took them to Mexico City in 1975 for Atayde Bros Circus. A few months prior to this I had picked up 3 other baby elephants Obert (who became their breeding bull) Kelly, and Tracey and presented them on Clyde Bros Circus for a short time. This was in the mid 70's when Carson and Barnes had 47 baby elephants(and 3 adults and a young African named Paula) on their show all between the ages of 3 and 6. In order to tell them apart as there were so many, they stenciled their names on their foreheads with white spray paint. 3 long picket lines of baby elephants. A sight which will never be seen again.
The Circus No-Spin Zone, Carson and Barnes Elephants, 01/28/2009

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Kelly, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Carson and Barnes Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 August 2022 at (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

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