Mama Mary (Mom)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Dixie Dime Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Mama Mary (Mom)  dead elephant


SSP nr12


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 59 years old
Born:* 1874 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1933-11-09
Death reason: unknown:
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1917-06-20
(dead † 1917-06-20)
stillborn SSP id: 13
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Dixie Dime Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1931-00-00Dixie Dime Circus
from Otis L. Smith Carnival

1930-00-00Otis L. Smith Carnival
from Gentry Brothers Circus

1928-00-00Gentry Brothers Circus
from Walter L. Main Circus

1925-00-00Walter L. Main Circus
from Sangers Great European Shows-Hugo Bros-Harris Bros-Gentry Bros (Floyd and Howard King)

1924-00-00Sangers Great European Shows-Hugo Bros-Harris Bros-Gentry Bros (Floyd and Howard King)
from Sells-Floto Circus

1906-00-00Sells-Floto Circus 1906-00-00
from Otto Floto Dog and Pony Show

1904-00-00Otto Floto Dog and Pony Show
from Great Floto Circus

1902-00-00Great Floto Circus
from Carl Hagenbeck Animal Exhibit (Chicago Fair)

1893-00-00Carl Hagenbeck Animal Exhibit (Chicago Fair)
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt)

0000-00-00Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt)
from Carl Hagenbecks Zoologischer Circus

0000-00-00Carl Hagenbecks Zoologischer Circus
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck

0000-00-00Firma Carl Hagenbeck
from Asia unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2009-11-23: previous location
2010-05-12: corr. locations

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Mama Mary (Mom) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1933-11-09 at Dixie Dime Circus, in United States, .


  1. (F) 1917-06-20 -- † 1917-06-20 stillborn SSP id: 13


Mama Mary (Mom) was born wild 1874 at Asia unspecified location.

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Contradictory records:

The Asian Elephant Studbook, AZA North America, and Williams Buckles Woodcock gives different history for Sells-Flotos first elephant
Records about Mama Mary (Mom) from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
"Floto Shows first elephant "Mama Mary" imported from the Hagenbeck Zoo in 1903, for some reason she was always referred to as "Mom". The writer Courtney Riley Cooper made an issue of the fact that she only understood German."
Williams Buckles Woodcock

William "Buckles" Woodcock

Records about Mama Mary (Mom) from Bob Cline

1874 - Born in the wild Stud # 12
1893 - Hagenbeck Zoo @ Chicago Worlds Fair
1902 - Great Floto Circus
1904 - Otto Floto Dog & Pony Show
1905 - Otto Floto called MOM
1906 to 1923 - Sells-Floto Circus
Bred to Snyder Stud # 7
Stillborn ( M ) birth June 20, 1917 Stud # 13
1924 - Harris Bros. Circus
1925 - Walter L. Main Circus
1928 to 1929 - Gentry Bros. Circus
1930 to 1931 - Otis L. Smith Carnival
1931 - Dixie Dime Circus
Died - Nov. 9, 1933 in Nyack, N.Y.

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Mama Mary (Mom), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Dixie Dime Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 10 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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