Ruth (Linco) at Bailey Brothers Circus

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Ruth (Linco) at Bailey Brothers Circus

Photo Courtesy of Lafayette.in.gov/zoo
† Ruth (Linco)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 732 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1944
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Bailey Brothers Circus
ArrivedBailey Brothers Circus 1944-00-00
from Columbian Park Zoo
Columbian Park Zoo 1928-00-00
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 1925-00-00
from John Robinson Circus
John Robinson Circus 1916-00-00
from Howes Great London Circus (Mugivan and Bowers)
Born: wild
Document updated2011-04-27: New elephant RE
Records about Ruth (Linco) from Bob Cline
RUTH Female Asian
1914 to 1915 - Howe's Great London circus
1916 to 1924 - John Robinson Circus
1925 to 1927 - Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1928 to 1943 - Lafayette, IND. Zoo
1944 - Bailey Bros. Circus
Died winter of 1944.


"In 1928, the main Animal House was constructed, which is still standing today! One of the first inhabitants of the Animal House was "Linco" the elephant, who was purchased from the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in Peru, Indiana. Nearly 10,000 school students in Lafayette and West Lafayette raised more than $2,000 toward the purchase of the elephant, then named "Ruth." Lincoln School students exceeded their school's fundraising quota and earned the honor of renaming the elephant to Linco." //Columbian Park Zoo

Sources, among others

  • http://www.lafayette.in.gov/zoo/division.php?fDD=34-138

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