Jumbo II (Safari) at Cole Brothers Circus

† Jumbo II (Safari)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 308 - 
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 12 years old
Dead date: 1936-11-26
Death reason: disease: Tuberculosis
Location:Cole Brothers Circus
ArrivedCole Brothers Circus 1934-12-19
from Belle Isle Nature Zoo (Safariland, Detroit Zoo)
Belle Isle Nature Zoo (Safariland, Detroit Zoo) 1930-07-07
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) 1930-03-00
from Circus Busch (Paul Busch)
Circus Busch (Paul Busch) 1929-00-00
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) 1927-00-00
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck
Born:1924 wild
Document updated2011-04-16: loc
2011-04-26: Previous locations, Birth, SSP RE
"Safari" was purchased from the Detroit Zoo. At first it was thought he would have to be transported to and from the lot by wagon but as it turned out he was no trouble at all and fit right into the program. In the Press he was given the name "Jumbo II".

Hugo Schmitt once told me that he personally had delivered "Safari" to Detroit from the Hagenbeck Zoo in Germany in 1928. While there he made a trip to Chicago to see the Ringling Show and his interpreter that day was "Camel Dutch" Narfsky.

I am having trouble trying to convince people that "Safari" died of Tuberculosis in 1936. As mentioned before, Eddie Allen was present when he died as well as when he was posted afterward. He said the Vets were amazed that he lived as long as he did since his lungs were almost eaten away.

When the subject of "Safari" came up Eddie Allen said it was a sad story, evidently he had unknowingly come from the Zoo terminally ill from TB. He seemed to be fine the first season but gradually in 1936 he became more and more listless and toward the end of the season moving back and forth from the train, Eddie had to drive him from horseback to make him keep up with the herd.
Back in the Rochester, Ind. Winter Quarters, "Safari" died on Thanksgiving Day.

William Buckles Woodcock

Sources, among others

  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, Dokumentation 2 Nordamerika, 1997, by European Elephant Group: Haufellner, Schilfarth, Schweiger
  • http://bucklesw.blogspot.com/2005/12/safari-1.html
  • http://bucklesw.blogspot.com/2005/12/tommy-1994.html

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