Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Memphis Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Florence  dead elephant


SSP nr709 / T1027


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 29 years old
Born:* 1917 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1946-02-23
Death reason: disease: pnemonia
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Memphis Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1926-05-00Memphis Zoo
from Great American Circus

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† Florence is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1946-02-23 at Memphis Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as pnemonia.


Florence was born wild 1917.

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In May 1926, the Overton Park Zoo purchased two elephants, Florence and Alice, from the Great American Circus.

At the time of her death, Park Superintendent N.J. Metroy valued Florence to be worth $3500.

Florence weighed 5500 pounds.

Contradictory records:

The North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephant lists the death of Florence in approximately 1952. They were contacted with this error in 09/2010. A 1946 news article published by The Billboard notified the public of her death.

Records about Florence from SSPNorth American Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Florence:

709 F ~ 1917 WILD WILD ASIA ???? NONE Capture Florence
AMER SHOW ???? ________ Transfer
MEMPHIS 1-May-26 H0153 Transfer
1-Jan-52 Death

Source: SSP studbook for Asian elephants online
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Florence, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Memphis Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 14 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=6190. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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