Elephants at circus locations in United Kingdom


39 circus locations has kept elephants in United Kingdom
There is presently 0 (0,0) living elephants in circus locations in United Kingdom (in this database)

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

39 circus locations has kept 47 elephants in United Kingdom

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

Elephants in circus locations0 (0,0) living47 (11,33) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  0 / 0  0%
 Female  0 / 0  0%
 Free contact  0 / 0  0%
 Protected contact  0 / 0  0%
 No contact  0 / 0  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 0  0%
 wild  0 / 0  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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Sources, among others


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  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    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
    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
    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
    British Empire Wembley Exhibition
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated1 deathscircusWembley, Middlesex
    Burr Robbins Circus
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births5 relocated0 deathscircus
    Chapmans London Zoo Circus
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated0 deathscircusLondon
    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
    Codys Circus (Harry Cody)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
    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 births1 relocated1 deathscircus
    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
    Grand American Circus (J. W. Myers)
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
    Herbert Taylor (captain Joe Taylor)
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated2 deathscircus
    Little Tom Fossett's Circus
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircusWales
    Lord George Sanger Circus (Circus Sanger)
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated4 deathscircusMargate
    (map)
    Mary Chipperfield
    Kept totally 12 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births10 relocated2 deathscircusChilworth
    Pinders Circus
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathscircus
    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
    Sedgwicks Menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
    Sir Robert Fossetts Circus
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births7 relocated2 deathscircusNorthampton
    The Royal Hanneford Canadian Circus
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscircus
    Tom Arnolds Christmas Circus
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscircusGreen Lanes, Harringay
    William Cooke
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
    William Orford
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated0 deathscircus



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