Jumbo at Turin Zoo (Zoo Torino)

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Jumbo at Turin Zoo (Zoo Torino)

† Jumbo
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 12 years old
Dead date: 1960
Death reason: disease: heart problems
Location:Turin Zoo (Zoo Torino)
ArrivedTurin Zoo (Zoo Torino)
Born:1948
Document updated2012-09-22: 
1959: In 1959, Oxford engineering student John Hoyte borrowed a 5,700-pound female Indian elephant named Jumbo from the Turin Zoo and walked her across the Mount Cenis Pass. The Turin Zoo had just acquired the female Asian elephant, Jumbo, who was trained as a circus animal. The owner of the zoo volunteered Jumbo and Ernesto Gobold, the elephant's trainer from Turin, and became the first sponsor of the expedition.


Jumbo the Elephant wearing boots © Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. These enormous boots were designed by Colonel Hickman and made by Lotus Ltd, Northampton factory, in 1959. Their thick leather soles and laced canvas uppers were machine-made and the four boots took about two months to make.

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  • http://www.archaeology.org/0701/abstracts/hannibal.html
  • http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19600803&id=WM8TAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3uIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4997,260976

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