Chieftain (Big Chief)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Adam Forepaugh Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Chieftain (Big Chief)  dead elephant


SSP nr4


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus maximus
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Capture: 1870
Imported:1871 by Elbert Howes
Freight:by ship from Colombo
Dead: 1888-12-17
Death reason: killed: by strangulation, choked to death by two elephants Basil and Bismark
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1882-02-02
(dead † 1886-04-11)
Bridgeport SSP id: 6
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Adam Forepaugh Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1886-00-00Adam Forepaugh Circus
from Barnum and London Circus

1881-00-00Barnum and London Circus
from Cooper and Bailey Circus

1878-00-00Cooper and Bailey Circus
from Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie

1871-07-23Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie
from Hudson River Railroad horse stables

1871-07-22Hudson River Railroad horse stables
from New York Harbour

1871-07-22New York Harbour 1871-07-22
from Port of Colombo

1871-00-00Port of Colombo
from Elbert Howes

1870-00-00Elbert Howes
from Sri Lanka unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2021-09-18: importer

Latest document update2021-09-17 22:52:49
Random literature

† Chieftain (Big Chief) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1888-12-17 at Adam Forepaugh Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as by strangulation, choked to death by two elephants Basil and Bismark.


Total: 1 babies

  1. (F) 1882-02-02 -- † 1886-04-11 Bridgeport SSP id: 6


Chieftain (Big Chief) was born wild at Sri Lanka unspecified location, captured 1870 . and imported 1871 by Elbert Howes, by ship from Colombo

Comments / pictures

From the Ceylon-import 1871.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Chieftain (Big Chief), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Adam Forepaugh Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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