Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Circus Krone in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy)  dead elephant
Colonel Joe on his birthday 2004 on Circus Krone, Germany, with his trainer since 1990, James Puydebois.
Colonel Joe on his birthday 2004 on Circus Krone, Germany, with his trainer since 1990, James Puydebois.


SSP nr679


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 48 years old
Body height: 3.08 meter, 10.1 feet
Body weight: 6800.00 kg, 14960.00 lbs
Born:* 1964 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2012-05-01?
Death reason: age:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Krone, in Germany

Date of arrival

2002-00-00Circus Krone
from Circus Vargas

1973-00-00Circus Vargas
from Gene Holters Movieland Animals (Gene Holter)

1972-00-00Gene Holters Movieland Animals (Gene Holter)
from Los Angeles Zoo

1965-03-08Los Angeles Zoo
from Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel)

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History of updates2024-05-21:

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) is a dead castrated Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2012-05-01? at Circus Krone, in Germany, .


Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) was born wild 1964.

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Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) in Circus Krone

Claimed weight: 7 tons, and height: 3.50 meter high are probably unrealistic, but he is over three meters, and more than 5,5 tons heavy.

According to EEG he was 3.08 meters.

"When this elephant came to Circus Vargas from the LA Zoo in 1973 he had already been castrated at the Vet School in Davis, Cal. To my knowledge, the first time this had ever been done successfully. At the zoo he was called "Dillinger" so they must have known something. With Vargas he was trained by Wally Ross who re-named him "Colonel" after my dad colonel Williams Woodcock but later Rex Williams changed it to "Joe" (Joe Metcalf) since he always preferred one syllable names. For some reason, his billing has remained "Colonel Joe", even in Europe."
//Buckles Woodcock

"Jack [Badal] named him Dillinger because he was a tough little fellow and full of himself. The Los Angeles Zoo did a contest with the zoo patrons to name the baby, after a few weeks they came up with Wise Guy."
//Ivan Henry, The Circus Blog

The North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephant formerly listed this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number (T2143), lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity." However, the 2010 Edition updates his entry to #679.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Krone in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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