Elephants at private locations in United Kingdom


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

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Location holdings:

18 private locations has kept 7 elephants in United Kingdom

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

Elephants in private locations0 (0,0) living7 (4,3) 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.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others


Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
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  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Amazing Animals (Jim Clubb-Sally Chipperfield)
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated1 deathsprivateCotswolds
    Butlins Holiday Camp Skegness
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated3 deathsprivateSkegness
    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
    Duke Alfred of Edinburgh
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    Edward VII of the United Kingdom
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Henry III of England
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivatePorteshamcounty of Dorsetsouthwest England
    King James I of England
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    Mr Wilkins
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivate
    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)
    St. James Park menagerie
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateLondon
    Thomas Ward
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    United Kingdom (England) unspecified location
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivate



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