Tippoo Sultan (Tippoo Saib) at Purdy, Welch and Macomber Zoological Institute

† Tippoo Sultan (Tippoo Saib)
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 31 years old
Dead date: 1837-1838
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Purdy, Welch and Macomber Zoological Institute
ArrivedPurdy, Welch and Macomber Zoological Institute 1837-00-00
from The Zoological Institute
The Zoological Institute 1835-00-00
from Hopkins and Co
Hopkins and Co 1830-00-00
from Great American Menagerie
Great American Menagerie 1821-00-00
from The Grand caravan (John Martin menagerie)
Born:1806 wild India
Document updated2012-04-11: 
Came with the ship Bengal from Calcutta and landed in Philadelphia in June, 1821.

Records about Tippoo Sultan (Tippoo Saib) from Bob Cline
TIPPOO SULTAN June 1821 arrives in America ( Born -1806 )
Male Asian only 6th elephant in US ( 3rd Male Asian )
1821 - Black Horse Inn in Philadelphia ( called Tippoo Saib )
1822 to 1826 - Great American Caravan of Living Animals
1823 - Parson's Circus
1824 - J. W. Banacker's Circus
1826 - Martin, Finch & Co.
1830 - Welch, Mann, & Delvan Circus
1832 - Grand Menagerie of Animals ( 26 years old )
1833 - Southwick Circus in Phil, PA.
1834 - June, Hopkins and Co.
1835 - Mammoth Elephant, Menagerie, and Circus
1836 - Mammoth Exhibition from the Zoological Institute
1837 - Purdy, Welch, & Macomber
1840 - enroute to Peru, Argentina, SA per letter from
Rufus Welsh to Charles Wright in Somers Historical Society




In December, 1821, the “Grand, Rich and Rare,” moved into Baltimore for the winter. Here they were joined by Tippoo Sultan, one of the three elephants then in the country. When they left the city in April Tippoo Sultan accompanied them and thus this menagerie became the first one to have an elephant travel with it. Some elephants had wintered with animal shows in the past, but never had one taken to the road.

Tippoo Sultan had arrived in Boston in June, 1821, and been exhibited by himself for the six months prior to this affiliation. The title in 1822 was sometimes “Great American Caravan of Living Animals,” and sometimes “Great American Menagerie,” but is best known over the years as “Grand Caravan with Tippoo Sultan.”

A History of the Traveling Menagerie by Stuart Thayer, http://www.circushistory.org/Thayer/Thayer2b.htm


There is a reference to Tippoo dying in the Caribbean; (5) and if it is true, it must have happened in the winter of 1837-1838. There are no references to him in the United States after 1837.
Tippo Sultan: The Man and the Beast by Stuart Thayer

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