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Casey at Fort Worth Zoo

ID Number:   SSP Number: 503 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 47 years old
Management:Protected contact
People killed:1
Location:Fort Worth Zoo
ArrivedFort Worth Zoo 2005-11-14
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation 1989-03-00
from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa) 1988-00-00
from Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)
Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain) 1980-00-00
from Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)
Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson) 1975-00-00
from Carson and Barnes Circus
Born:1971 wild
Capture: 1974,
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 1 babies

  1. (unknown) 2008-01-22 -- † 2008-01-22 stillborn, SSP nr: 702
Document updated2009-04-26: Management, Text RE
2010-01-31: Text RE
2010-10-11: Previous locations, Text, Mankiller, RE
In the late 70's bought 3 little males from Gary Johnson - Bimbo (now called Rex) Vance and Casey without much knowledge of elephants. My dad went on to work Vance and Casey for the next 10 years or so.
Mike Swain, 2008-08-27

Groucho would be sold from the Bronx Zoo to begin the Fort Worth Zoo's elephant breeding program in April 1986. Before his transfer, Groucho sired the only calf born at the Bronx Zoo with Patti, a male named Astor. Astor died at 16 months old of the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus.
While in Texas, Groucho bred two different females to give birth to three calves. Babe gave birth to stillborn twin calves in June 1996. In December 1998, Rasha gave birth to the first live calf at the Fort Worth Zoo, a female named Bluebonnet.
After Groucho failed to continue to breed the Fort Worth Zoo received a second bull to restart a breeding program. Casey arrived in November 2005 from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation.
Casey quickly bred after introductions with the females. In January 2008, Babe went into labor. However, the oversize calf would not enter the birth canal, killing both the calf and the mother.

On February 5, 1989, Casey crushed and killed his handler. The next month, the seventeen year old male was sold to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for its breeding program.

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