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

United Kingdom
Region: United Kingdom is in this database included in europe
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) living 274 (63,191) dead

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 2021-12-03 at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=United Kingdom.
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NameElephant collectionPlace
Alfred Ezra
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
Amazing Animals (Jim Clubb-Sally Chipperfield)
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathsCotswolds
Atkins Menagerie
(circus) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
Austen Brothers Circus
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deaths
Austen Cottle Circus
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deaths
Barretts Canadian Circus (George Barrett)
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Battys Traveling Menagerie (Battys Hippodrome, Astleys Amphitheatre)
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated1 deathsLondon
Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
(zoo) Kept totally 21 elephants
, 2 present (0,2) 1 births9 relocated10 deathsBelfast, Northern Ireland
Belle Vue Zoological Gardens
(zoo) Kept totally 8 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated7 deathsManchester
Bertram Mills Circus
(circus) Kept totally 12 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births12 relocated0 deathsLondon
Billy Smart Circus (William Smart Circus)
(circus) Kept totally 16 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births16 relocated0 deathsMaidenheadBerkshire
Billy Wilson Smart
(circus) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated2 deaths
Blackpool Tower Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsBlackpool, Lancashire
Blackpool Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 12 elephants
, 6 present (1,5) 0 births3 relocated3 deathsBlackpool, Lancashire
(map)
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
(zoo) Kept totally 10 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births2 relocated7 deathsBlair Drummond by Sterling
(map)
Bobby Roberts Super Circus
(circus) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated5 deaths
Bostock & Wombwells Menagerie (Wombwell No.2 menagerie)
(circus) Kept totally 7 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated2 deathsGlasgow
Bristol Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 8 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated6 deathsBristol
(map)
British Empire Wembley Exhibition
(circus) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated1 deathsWembley, Middlesex
Buckingham House menagerie
(zoo) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)
Burr Robbins Circus
(circus) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated0 deaths
Butlins Holiday Camp Skegness
(private) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated3 deathsSkegness
Chapmans London Zoo Circus
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsLondon
Charles Rice Anmal Emporium
(dealer) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsLondon
Chessington World of Adventures (Chessington Zoo)
(zoo) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated2 deathsChessington, Surrey
Chester Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 56 elephants
, 6 present (2,4) 22 births20 relocated30 deathsChester
(map)
Chipperfield organisation (Chilworth)
(dealer) Kept totally 10 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births10 relocated0 deathsHampshire
Circus Chipperfield
(circus) Kept totally 37 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births31 relocated6 deaths
Circus Hoffman
(circus) Kept totally 11 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births9 relocated2 deaths
Circus Rosaire
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated1 deathsBillericay Essex
Cleethorpes Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Codys Circus (Harry Cody)
(circus) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
Colchester Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 15 elephants
, 4 present (1,3) 7 births4 relocated7 deathsColchester
(map)
Condover Mammoth site
(excavation site) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsShrewsbury
(map)Shropshire county West Midlands
Coventry Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsWhitley, Coventry
Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park
(zoo) Kept totally 7 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated3 deathsChard, Somerset
(map)
Daily Mirror Newspaper
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
Denise Austin
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsBelfast Northern Ireland
Dreamland Safari Wild Animal Park
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsMargate Kent
Dudley Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 19 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births12 relocated7 deathsDudley, West Midlands
Duke Alfred of Edinburgh
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsLondon
Dundee Repository of Rarities
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsDundee
Ebbsfleet dig
(excavation site) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsSwanscombe
(map)
Edinburgh Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathsEdinburgh
Edward VII of the United Kingdom
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
English East India Company
(dealer) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated1 deathsLondon
Exeter Exchange menagerie
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsLondon
Fossetts Grand Circus
(circus) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
Frank Bostock Circus
(circus) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
George B. Chapman
(dealer) Kept totally 11 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births11 relocated0 deathsLondon
George Lockhart Sr.
(circus) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated2 deathsBrighton
George Wombwells Travelling Menagerie
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated3 deaths
Gerry Cottles Circus
(circus) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated1 deaths
Glasgow Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated2 deathsGlasgow, Scotland
Grand American Circus (J. W. Myers)
(circus) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
Grimsby Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsGrimsby, North East Lincolnshire
Halifax Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsHalifax
(map)West Yorkshire
Harrods
(dealer) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsKensington, London
Henry III of England
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Herbert Taylor (captain Joe Taylor)
(circus) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated2 deaths
Howletts Wild Animal Park
(zoo) Kept totally 48 elephants
, 14 present (6,8) 26 births18 relocated16 deathsHythe, Kent
(map)
Jamrach menagerie
(dealer) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsLondon
(map)
Jamrachs Animal Emporium
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLondon
John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsPorteshamcounty of Dorset southwest England
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
King George V Dock
(seaport) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)
King James I of England
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsLondon
Knowsley Safari Park
(zoo) Kept totally 30 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 4 births13 relocated17 deathsMerseyside
Lambton Lion Park
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathsDurham
Little Tom Fossett's Circus
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths Wales
Liverpool World Museum
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Liverpool Zoo (Bostock & Wombwell's Gigantic Menagerie)
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
London Natural History Museum
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)
London Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 72 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births50 relocated22 deathsLondon
(map)
Longleat Safari Park
(zoo) Kept totally 38 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 1 births34 relocated3 deathsWarminster
(map)Wiltshire South West England
Lord George Sanger Circus (Circus Sanger)
(circus) Kept totally 7 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated4 deathsMargate
(map)
Maidstone Zoo (Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake)
(zoo) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated4 deathsMaidstone
Malton Flamingo Land
(zoo) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated1 deathsMalton, North Yorkshire
(map)
Manchester Museum
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsManchester
(map)
Mary Chipperfield
(circus) Kept totally 12 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births10 relocated2 deathsChilworth
Mr Wilkins
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
Mr. Ruffin (animal dealer?)
(dealer) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsLondon?
Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)
Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
(zoo) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 2 present (2,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsBristol
Oxford Zoo (Gosford Hill Farm)
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsKidlington
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
(zoo) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated4 deathsPaignton, Devon
Pinders Circus
(circus) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deaths
Plymouth Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deaths
Port Lympne Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 35 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 11 births17 relocated18 deathsKent
Port of Liverpool
(seaport) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Private owner
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
Private owner in West Smithfield
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsWest Smithfield
(map)
Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
(private) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)
Queen Elizabeth I of England
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Queen Elizabeth II of England
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)
Richard Chipperfield
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsOxfordshire
Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fosset)
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated2 deathsArden
Robert Brothers Circus
(circus) Kept totally 10 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated3 deathsPeterborough
(map)
Robert Brothers famous circus
(circus) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
Samuel Lockhart
(circus) Kept totally 8 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated1 deathsLeamington
Sandringham Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsNorfolk
Sedgwicks Menagerie
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Sherwood Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsHucknall
(map) Nottinghamshire
Sir Robert Fossetts Circus
(circus) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births7 relocated2 deathsNorthampton
Skanda Vale Temple
(temple) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (0,2) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsCarmarthen, Wales
(map)
Southampton Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsSouthampton
Southport Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsSouthport Merseyside
St. James Park menagerie
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsLondon
Surrey Zoological Gardens
(zoo) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)Kennington, Surrey
The Crystal Palace
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsLondon
(map)
The Royal Hanneford Canadian Circus
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
The Scottish Zoo And Variety Circus (Scottish Zoo and Glasgow Hippodrome)
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsGlasgow
Thomas Ward
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Tilbury Docks
(seaport) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Tom Arnolds Christmas Circus
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsGreen Lanes, Harringay
Tower of London Menagerie
(zoo) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated2 deathsLondon
(map)
Trinity’ College Zoological Museum
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Twycross Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 15 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 5 births10 relocated5 deathsAtherstone CV9 3PX
Tyseley Pet Stores
(dealer) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births9 relocated0 deathsBirmingham
(map)
United Kingdom (England) unspecified location
(private) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated0 deaths
Upnor dig
(excavation site) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsChatham
(map) Lower Medway region
Warwick Castle menagerie
(zoo) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsWarwick Warwickshire, West Midlands
Wellingborough Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
Welsh Mountain Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated3 deathsClwyd, North Wales
West Midland Safari Park
(zoo) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 2 present (1,1) 1 births3 relocated1 deathsBewdley, Worcestershire
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
(zoo) Kept totally 37 elephants
, 7 present (1,6) 13 births11 relocated19 deathsDunstable
(map)Bedfordshire
William Cooke
(circus) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deaths
William Cross
(dealer) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsLiverpool
(map)
William Orford
(circus) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deaths
Windsor Safari Park
(zoo) Kept totally 8 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births8 relocated0 deathsWindsor
Woburn Safari Park
(zoo) Kept totally 19 elephants
, 5 present (1,4) 4 births9 relocated5 deathsWoburn, Bedfordshire
(map)
Wombwells Menagerie No.1
(zoo) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated1 deathsGlasgow



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