South West India Docks, 1968: Four elephants returning from a Chipperfields Circus tour of South Africa. Left to Right: Sally, Lelia, Mary and Camella in the sling.
|† Camella (Kamala)||ID Number:|
|Species:||Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)|
|Sex and age:||Female ♀ 28 years old|
|Dead date:||† 1969|
|Arrived||Circus Chipperfield 1947-03-03|
from Kamalas Circus
|Born:||1941 wild Sri Lanka|
|Document updated||2010-04-23: birth country|
2010-06-10: text, picture.
2011-11-27: birth year
2011-12-04: prev location
|The first elephant, a "very good one," was purchased from this circus. She was subsequently named Kamala after the show.|
With the help of the owner of Kamala's Circus, Chipperfield toured outlying villages to find elephants and bargain for purchases. First elephant was purchased and named Kamala in respect. Mary and 5 year old Dahlia purchased next. Dahlia was still being trained by Mary, chained to her while working on a rubber plantation. (Pamela Macgregor-Morris, Chipperfield's Circus)
Another video describes Kamala as nine years old in September 1950. //Ryan Easley, 2011
1965-1968: On tour with Chipperfields Circus in South Africa.
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