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Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) at Circus Krone

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) at Circus Krone

Colonel Joe on his birthday 2004 on Circus Krone, Germany, with his trainer since 1990, James Puydebois.
† Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 679 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 48 years old
Body height: 3.08 meter, 10.1 feet
Body weight: 6800.00 kg, 14960.00 lbs
Status:castrated
Dead date: 2012-05-01?
Death reason: age:
Location:Circus Krone
ArrivedCircus Krone 2002-00-00 from Circus Vargas
Circus Vargas 1973-00-00
from Gene Holters Movieland Animals (Gene Holter)
Gene Holters Movieland Animals (Gene Holter) 1972-00-00
from Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo 1965-03-08
from Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel)
Born:1964 wild
Document updated2010-11-14: height and weight
2011-03-22: Previous locations, Name, Text RE
2012-05-03: dead
2012-06-07: death location not confirmed
2012-09-02: corr height
2017-03-10: link to EleWiki submitted


Claimed weight: 7 tons, and height: 3.50 meter high are probably unrealistic, but he is over three meters, and more than 5,5 tons heavy.

According to EEG he was 3.08 meters.

"When this elephant came to Circus Vargas from the LA Zoo in 1973 he had already been castrated at the Vet School in Davis, Cal. To my knowledge, the first time this had ever been done successfully. At the zoo he was called "Dillinger" so they must have known something. With Vargas he was trained by Wally Ross who re-named him "Colonel" after my dad colonel Williams Woodcock but later Rex Williams changed it to "Joe" (Joe Metcalf) since he always preferred one syllable names. For some reason, his billing has remained "Colonel Joe", even in Europe."
//Buckles Woodcock

"Jack [Badal] named him Dillinger because he was a tough little fellow and full of himself. The Los Angeles Zoo did a contest with the zoo patrons to name the baby, after a few weeks they came up with Wise Guy."
//Ivan Henry, The Circus Blog

The North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephant formerly listed this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number (T2143), lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity." However, the 2010 Edition updates his entry to #679.

Sources, among others

  • Page 81, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, Dokumentation 2 Nordamerika, 1997, by European Elephant Group: Haufellner, Schilfarth, Schweiger
  • http://bucklesw.blogspot.com/2007/04/vargas-elephants-in-practice-1.html
  • http://bucklesw.blogspot.com/2007/08/circus-krone-1-from-filipe-von-gilsa.html
  • "Jack Badal #2," The Circus Blog, 2011-03-18

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