Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
The Zoological Institute in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Romeo  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ maybe about 13 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1822? wild
Birth place: in India unspecified location
Dead: 1835
Death reason: :
Locations - owners
Present / last location:The Zoological Institute, in United States

Date of arrival

1835-00-00The Zoological Institute
from June, Titus, Angevine and Co

June, Titus, Angevine and Co
from U.S.A. unspecified Port

1832-01-00U.S.A. unspecified Port
from Port of Calcutta

Port of Calcutta
from India unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2022-04-10

Latest document update2022-04-10 19:48:15
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† Romeo is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1835 at The Zoological Institute, in United States, .


Romeo was born wild 1822? at India unspecified location.

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Records about Romeo from Bob Cline

ROMEO 1832 - arrives in US in January form Calcutta ( 10 years old )
Male Asian 1832 - American National Caravan ( June, Titus and Co. )
1833 to 1834 - National Caravan
1835 - Zoological Institute
1835 - Died in August at Somers, NY of natural causes
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

Romeo stood 11 Feet 2½ inches (more than 3.4 m) in height and had lost an eye. He was acquired in about 1847 from a brickyard in Calcutta, where he had been used to grind clay, and was reportedly bought for US$10,000.71 But he attacked his keepers, possibly fatally: Long John in 1852, and Frenchy in 1855. Romeo was soon known as a bad elephant, as was Chief.

In 1860 Stuart Craven was called in to manage Romeo. Craven secured ropes around the animal and subdued him with shotgun pellets. Forepaugh’s circus acquired Romeo in 1863 for US$25,000 and Romeo was still there when he died a decade later, worth at least twice that amount.

Fighting Nature by Peta Tait
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Romeo, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at The Zoological Institute in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States. Autor of the book Americas elephants
  • Fighting Nature: Travelling Menageries, Animal Acts and War Shows, 2016, by Peta Tait

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