Annie at Henry Vilas Zoo

† Annie
ID Number:   SSP Number: T2106 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female, unknown years
Dead date: 1948-11-11
Death reason: disease: foot infection/heart condition
Location:Henry Vilas Zoo
ArrivedHenry Vilas Zoo 1918-07-20
from R.T. Richards Circus
R.T. Richards Circus 1917-00-00
from Wheeler Brothers Circus
Wheeler Brothers Circus 1916-00-00
from Hugo Brothers Circus
Hugo Brothers Circus 1915-00-00
from Barton and Bailey Circus
Barton and Bailey Circus 1915-00-00
from William P Hall Animal Farm
William P Hall Animal Farm 1913-00-00
from Sig Sautlette Show
Sig Sautlette Show 1913-00-00
from Campbell Brothers Circus
Born: wild
Document updated2010-09-26: Previous locations, SSP, Text

The North American Regional Studbook lists this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number, lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity."

Annie arrived at the Henry Vilas Zoo as a gift from Alfred Ringling in 1918, seven years after the opening of the zoo. Thereafter she was kept as a single elephant until her death in 1948. She was replaced two years later with an elephant purchased and named Winky.

Records about Annie from Bob Cline
ANNIE Female Asian
1910 to 1912 - Campbell Bros. Circus
1913 - Sig Sautlette Show
1913 to 1915 - Wm.P. Hall farm
1915 - Barton and Bailey Circus
1915 - Hugo Bros. Circus
1916 - Wheeler Bros. Circus
1917 to 1918 - R.T. Richards show
1918 - Given to Henry Vilas Park Zoo July 20th.
Died - at the Zoo Nov. 11, 1948 of a Heart Condition


While I am not sure exactly when she started out on the Campbell Bros. I am sure she was there from 1910 to 1912. I lean more towards the 1904 acquisition of elephants from Hagenbeck in Omaha, Nebraska on May 8, 1904 but I cannot absolutely prove this.

From 1913 to 1916 she was part of the 5 act that Mr. Hall had put together with Boo, Ding, Alice and Diamond ( later became Black Diamond ). This was the only 5 act that Hall ever assembled with all his other elephant toupes only being a three act.

In 1917 the 5 act was actually sold to R.T. Richards who was Alf Ringling's son. I have never discovered the reason why she was pulled out of the act and sold back to Mr. Hall in may of 1918 but he gave her to the Zoo right after that.

With her death in Nov. of 1948, the Zoo wanted an elephant badly to replace her. They bought a baby elephant being imported with five others from Malaysia on the steamship Swarthmore Victory. After their arrival in San Francisco, Henry Vilas Zoo Director Harold Hayes went out to meet her and help crate up the 900 pound 3 year old to leave for Chicago. She was named Annie also.

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