Elephant locations in United Kingdom

133 locations has kept elephants in United Kingdom
There is presently 52 (15,37) living elephants in locations in United Kingdom (in this database)

Region: United Kingdom is in this database included in europeOther regions
Location holdings:

133 locations has kept 326 elephants in United Kingdom

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in locations52 (15,37) living274 (63,191) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  15 / 52 
 29%
 Female  37 / 52 
 71%
 Free contact  15 / 52 
 29%
 Protected contact  20 / 52 
 38%
 No contact  10 / 52 
 19%
 Unknown contact  7 / 52 
 13%
 wild  0 / 52  0%

Elephants arriving England from 13th to 18th century


At least eleven elephants arrived in Britain during the reigns of Queen Anne and Georges I and II; some of them died soon after arrival.

There is some confusion, as to weather the Wilkins and the Berkeley elephant is the same individual. Also, a third elephant is mentioned in this time period, which may be identical; In his Memorialls, the presbyterian minister, Robert Law, recorded the wonder of seeing a ‘bonnie’ elephant in Glasgow in January, 1681:

"Anno 1680, came an elephant to Brittain, bought by the English merchants at 2000 lib. Sterling, and was sent through the island for sight to gain money; never was there any elephant seen in Scotland before, and it was brought to Glasgow, January 1681, and was seen by many; it was then eleven years old."
Robert Law

1st of August 1683 a female elephant arrived London from from the Indies (lost to trace) and later a male elephant was offered for sale at Mr Thomas Collies Brewer in Lime-House.

















Arrival NameOwnerMiscDeadLast Location
1255unknown nameHenry III of EnglandA gift from Louis IX, the king of France1259Tower of London Menagerie
1623Don Diego?Arriving Portugal with ship 1622?Palazzo Venezia, Italy
167??Wilkins elephantMr Wilkins1681-06-17Dublin
1675Berkeleys elephantJohn Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of StrattonArrived in Whitefriars 16751676?private owner
1683Dundee elephantAbraham SeverArrived with Sever after a tour of Europe1706Abraham Sever in Dundee
1720unknown nameprivate ownerArriving 1720-07-02 in West Smithfield, London1720West Smithfield
1730unknown nameEnglish East India CompanyDied when the ship "Marlborough" exploded1730Onboard English East India Company ship in Blackwall, UK

Sources


* Menagerie: The History of Exotic Animals in England By Caroline Grigson (ISBN B018ZK17T4)
*https://drmarkjardine.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/the-first-elephant-in-scotland-1681/
*Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger


Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=United Kingdom.
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  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Alfred Ezra
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathszoo
    Amazing Animals (Jim Clubb-Sally Chipperfield)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathsprivateCotswolds
    Atkins Menagerie
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
    Austen Brothers Circus
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathscircus
    Austen Cottle Circus
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathscircus
    Barretts Canadian Circus (George Barrett)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    Battys Traveling Menagerie (Battys Hippodrome, Astleys Amphitheatre)
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated1 deathscircusLondon
    Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
    Kept totally 21 elephants
    , 2 present (0,2) 1 births9 relocated10 deathszooBelfast, Northern Ireland
    Belle Vue Zoological Gardens
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated7 deathszooManchester
    Bertram Mills Circus
    Kept totally 12 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births12 relocated0 deathscircusLondon
    Billy Smart Circus (William Smart Circus)
    Kept totally 16 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births16 relocated0 deathscircusMaidenheadBerkshire
    Billy Wilson Smart
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated2 deathscircus
    Blackpool Tower Zoo
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathszooBlackpool, Lancashire
    Blackpool Zoo
    Kept totally 12 elephants
    , 6 present (1,5) 0 births3 relocated3 deathszooBlackpool, Lancashire
    (map)
    Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
    Kept totally 10 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1) 0 births2 relocated7 deathszooBlair Drummond by Sterling
    (map)
    Bobby Roberts Super Circus
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated5 deathscircus
    Bostock & Wombwells Menagerie (Wombwell No.2 menagerie)
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated2 deathscircusGlasgow
    Bristol Zoo
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated6 deathszooBristol
    (map)
    British Empire Wembley Exhibition
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated1 deathscircusWembley, Middlesex
    Buckingham House menagerie
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathszooLondon
    (map)
    Burr Robbins Circus
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated0 deathscircus
    Butlins Holiday Camp Skegness
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated3 deathsprivateSkegness
    Chapmans London Zoo Circus
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathscircusLondon
    Charles Rice
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsdealerLondon
    Chessington World of Adventures (Chessington Zoo)
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated2 deathszooChessington, Surrey
    Chester Zoo
    Kept totally 56 elephants
    , 6 present (2,4) 22 births20 relocated30 deathszooChester
    (map)
    Chipperfield organisation (Chilworth)
    Kept totally 10 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births10 relocated0 deathsdealerHampshire
    Circus Chipperfield
    Kept totally 37 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births31 relocated6 deathscircus
    Circus Hoffman
    Kept totally 11 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births9 relocated2 deathscircus
    Circus Rosaire
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated1 deathscircusBillericay Essex
    Cleethorpes Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathszoo
    Codys Circus (Harry Cody)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
    Colchester Zoo
    Kept totally 15 elephants
    , 4 present (1,3) 7 births4 relocated7 deathszooColchester
    (map)
    Condover Mammoth site
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsexcavation siteShrewsbury
    (map)
    Shropshire countyWest Midlands
    Coventry Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathszooWhitley, Coventry
    Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated3 deathszooChard, Somerset
    (map)
    Daily Mirror Newspaper
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Denise Austin
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateBelfastNorthern Ireland
    Dreamland Safari Wild Animal Park
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathszooMargateKent
    Dudley Zoo
    Kept totally 19 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births12 relocated7 deathszooDudley, West Midlands
    Duke Alfred of Edinburgh
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    Dundee Repository of Rarities
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumDundee
    Ebbsfleet dig
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsexcavation siteSwanscombe
    (map)
    Edinburgh Zoo
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathszooEdinburgh
    Edward VII of the United Kingdom
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    English East India Company
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated1 deathsdealerLondon
    Exeter Exchange menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathszooLondon
    Fossetts Grand Circus
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
    Frank Bostock Circus
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
    George B. Chapman
    Kept totally 11 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births11 relocated0 deathsdealerLondon
    George Lockhart Sr.
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated2 deathscircusBrighton
    George Wombwells Travelling Menagerie
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated3 deathscircus
    Gerry Cottles Circus
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated1 deathscircus
    Glasgow Zoo
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated2 deathszooGlasgow, Scotland
    Grand American Circus (J. W. Myers)
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
    Grimsby Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathszooGrimsby, North East Lincolnshire
    Halifax Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathszooHalifax
    (map)
    West Yorkshire
    Harrods
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsdealerKensington, London
    Henry III of England
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Herbert Taylor (captain Joe Taylor)
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated2 deathscircus
    Howletts Wild Animal Park
    Kept totally 48 elephants
    , 14 present (6,8) 26 births18 relocated16 deathszooHythe, Kent
    (map)
    Jamrach menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsdealerLondon
    (map)
    Jamrachs Animal Emporium
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumLondon
    John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivatePorteshamcounty of Dorsetsouthwest England
    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseum
    King George V Dock
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsseaportLondon
    (map)
    King James I of England
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    Knowsley Safari Park
    Kept totally 30 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 4 births13 relocated17 deathszooMerseyside
    Lambton Lion Park
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathszooDurham
    Little Tom Fossett's Circus
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathscircusWales
    Liverpool World Museum
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseum
    (map)
    Liverpool Zoo (Bostock & Wombwell's Gigantic Menagerie)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathszoo
    London Natural History Museum
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumLondon
    (map)
    London Zoo
    Kept totally 72 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 1 births50 relocated22 deathszooLondon
    Longleat Safari Park
    Kept totally 38 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1) 1 births34 relocated3 deathszooWarminster
    (map)
    WiltshireSouth West England
    Lord George Sanger Circus (Circus Sanger)
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated4 deathscircusMargate
    (map)
    Maidstone Zoo (Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake)
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated4 deathszooMaidstone
    Malton Flamingo Land
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated1 deathszooMalton, North Yorkshire
    (map)
    Manchester Museum
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumManchester
    (map)
    Mary Chipperfield
    Kept totally 12 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births10 relocated2 deathscircusChilworth
    Mr Wilkins
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivate
    Mr. Ruffin (animal dealer?)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsdealerLondon?
    Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseumLondon
    (map)
    Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 2 present (2,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathszooBristol
    Oxford Zoo (Gosford Hill Farm)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathszooKidlington
    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated4 deathszooPaignton, Devon
    Pinders Circus
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathscircus
    Plymouth Zoo
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathszoo
    Port Lympne Zoo
    Kept totally 35 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 11 births17 relocated18 deathszooKent
    Port of Liverpool
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsseaport
    (map)
    Private owner
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivate
    Private owner in West Smithfield
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateWest Smithfield
    (map)
    Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    (map)
    Queen Elizabeth I of England
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Queen Elizabeth II of England
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    (map)
    Richard Chipperfield
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathscircusOxfordshire
    Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fosset)
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated2 deathscircusArden
    Robert Brothers Circus
    Kept totally 10 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated3 deathscircusPeterborough
    (map)
    Robert Brothers famous circus
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
    Samuel Lockhart
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated1 deathscircusLeamington
    Sandringham Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathszooNorfolk
    Sedgwicks Menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    Sherwood Zoo
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathszooHucknall
    (map)
    Nottinghamshire
    Sir Robert Fossetts Circus
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated2 deathscircusNorthampton
    Skanda Vale Temple
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (0,2) 0 births0 relocated0 deathstempleCarmarthen, Wales
    (map)
    Southampton Zoo
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathszooSouthampton
    Southport Zoo
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathszooSouthportMerseyside
    St. James Park menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    Surrey Zoological Gardens
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathszooLondon
    (map)
    Kennington, Surrey
    The Crystal Palace
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathszooLondon
    (map)
    The Royal Hanneford Canadian Circus
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathscircus
    The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseum
    The Scottish Zoo And Variety Circus (Scottish Zoo and Glasgow Hippodrome)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathszooGlasgow
    Thomas Ward
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Tilbury Docks
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated0 deathsseaport
    (map)
    Tom Arnolds Christmas Circus
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathscircusGreen Lanes, Harringay
    Tower of London Menagerie
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated2 deathszooLondon
    (map)
    Trinity’ College Zoological Museum
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsmuseum
    (map)
    Twycross Zoo
    Kept totally 15 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 5 births10 relocated5 deathszooAtherstone CV9 3PX
    Tyseley Pet Stores
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births9 relocated0 deathsdealerBirmingham
    (map)
    United Kingdom (England) unspecified location
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Upnor dig
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsexcavation siteChatham
    (map)
    Lower Medway region
    Warwick Castle menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathszooWarwickWarwickshire, West Midlands
    Wellingborough Zoo
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathszoo
    Welsh Mountain Zoo
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated3 deathszooClwyd, North Wales
    West Midland Safari Park
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 2 present (1,1) 1 births3 relocated1 deathszooBewdley, Worcestershire
    Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
    Kept totally 37 elephants
    , 7 present (1,6) 13 births11 relocated19 deathszooDunstable
    (map)
    Bedfordshire
    William Cooke
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
    William Cross
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsdealerLiverpool
    (map)
    William Orford
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathscircus
    Windsor Safari Park
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births8 relocated0 deathszooWindsor
    Woburn Safari Park
    Kept totally 19 elephants
    , 5 present (1,4) 4 births9 relocated5 deathszooWoburn, Bedfordshire
    (map)
    Wombwells Menagerie No.1
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated1 deathszooGlasgow



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