Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Pilate  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Dead: 1883-04-05
Death reason: euthanised: Execution by Gunshot
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Barnum & Bailey Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1877-00-00Barnum & Bailey Circus
from William Cross Zoological Establishment

Record history
History of updates
2022-04-06: Born in Sri Lanka

Latest document update2022-04-06 13:34:43
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† Pilate is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1883-04-05 at Barnum & Bailey Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as Execution by Gunshot.


Pilate was born at Sri Lanka unspecified location.

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Records about Pilate from Bob Cline

PILATE Born in Ceylon
Male Asian 1877 - Cross's Menagerie in London, England
1877 to 1883 - Barnum titled Circuses
Died - April 5, 1883 in Bridgeport quarters ( Execution by Gunshot ) ( See NY Times April 6, 1883 )
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

Pilate in Barnum & Bailey CircusGeorge Arstingstall and Pilate, Barnum & Bailey, 1892
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Pilate, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 May 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=12776. (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
  • NY Times April 6, 1883

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