Babe (Assam) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Fort Worth Zoo

☨ Babe (Assam)
ID nr:   SSP Number: 80 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 41 years old
Dead date: 2008-01-24
Death reason: maternal death: torn uterus
Location:Fort Worth Zoo
ArrivalFort Worth Zoo 1991-02-02
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 1980-07-05
from Louisville Zoo
Louisville Zoo 1975-05-29
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
Born:* 1967 wild
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (M) 1996-06-23 -- † 1996-06-23 stillborn (twin), SSP nr: 383
  2. (M) 1996-06-23 -- † 1996-06-23 stillborn (twin), SSP nr: 384
  3. (F) 2002-03-14 -- † 2002-03-14 stillborn, SSP nr: 541
  4. (unknown) 2008-01-22 -- † 2008-01-22 stillborn, SSP nr: 702
Document updated2009-03-14: Name, Text
2010-01-31: Previous locations, Text
2012-02-28: bu
Groucho would be sold from the Bronx Zoo to begin the Fort Worth Zoo's elephant breeding program in April 1986. Before his transfer, Groucho sired the only calf born at the Bronx Zoo with Patti, a male named Astor. Astor died at 16 months old of the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus.
While in Texas, Groucho bred two different females to give birth to three calves. Babe gave birth to stillborn twin calves in June 1996. In December 1998, Rasha gave birth to the first live calf at the Fort Worth Zoo, a female named Bluebonnet.
After Groucho failed to continue to breed the Fort Worth Zoo received a second bull to restart a breeding program. Casey arrived in November 2005 from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation.
Casey quickly bred after introductions with the females. In January 2008, Babe went into labor. However, the oversize calf would not enter the birth canal, killing both the calf and the mother. A necropsy showed Babe had a torn uterus which, zoo officials say, probably killed her.

I was told to report to Venice in October of 1973 since they wanted these elephants out of winter quarters by Thanksgiving so as not to interfere with the Blue Show rehearsal.
When I arrived these seven elephants were named (L to R) Matsho, Patna, Assam, Sheva, Sandry, Mala and Minyak, mostly out of vanity I immediately changed most of their names with the intention of leaving my stamp on Ringling elephants that would be around for the next half century.
By the time this picture was taken in the Venice Arena their names were "Hope" for my sister in law, "Josky", "Babe" for my mother, "Barbara" for my wife, "Sophie" for Chappie's wife, "Lalea" for my mother in law and I kept the same name for "Minyak" since I liked the name.
Over the next few years as the result of bartering "Hope" went to Rex Williams who renamed her "Gyp" and "Babe" wound up in the Columbus Zoo.
Nobody could remember my mother in law's name so it reverted back to "Mala".

Buckles Web Log, Circus World 1974 #8, 2009-03-10

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Koehl, D., (2020). Babe (Assam), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Fort Worth Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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