Babe (Assam)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Fort Worth Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Babe (Assam)  dead elephant


SSP nr80


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 41 years old
Born:* 1967 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2008-01-24
Death reason: maternal death: torn uterus
Total: 4 babies

1. Born 1996-06-23
(dead † 1996-06-23)
stillborn (twin) SSP id: 383

2. Born 1996-06-23
(dead † 1996-06-23)
stillborn (twin) SSP id: 384

3. Born 2002-03-14
(dead † 2002-03-14)
stillborn SSP id: 541

4. Born 2008-01-22
(dead † 2008-01-22)
stillborn SSP id: 702
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Fort Worth Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1991-02-02Fort Worth Zoo
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

1980-07-05Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
from Louisville Zoo

1975-05-29Louisville Zoo
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

Record history
History of updates2022-10-22

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Babe (Assam) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2008-01-24 at Fort Worth Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as torn uterus.


  1. (M) 1996-06-23 -- † 1996-06-23 stillborn (twin) SSP id: 383
  2. (M) 1996-06-23 -- † 1996-06-23 stillborn (twin) SSP id: 384
  3. (F) 2002-03-14 -- † 2002-03-14 stillborn SSP id: 541
  4. (unknown) 2008-01-22 -- † 2008-01-22 stillborn SSP id: 702


Babe (Assam) was born wild 1967.

Comments / pictures

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, Dan, (2024). Babe (Assam), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Fort Worth Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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