Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Two Tails Ranch in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tilly  dead elephant
Alternative name: Arletta, Tillie, Chocolate


Local id Number Kolmarden: 3430
SSP nr250


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 50 years old

People killed:1
Born:* 1960 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2010
Death reason: unknown:
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1985-11-24
(dead † 2022-11-00)
Luke (Sabu) SSP id: 261
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Two Tails Ranch, in United States

Date of arrival

1993-08-01Two Tails Ranch
from Lowry Park Zoo

1992-02-13Lowry Park Zoo
from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)

1991-06-20Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)
from Lowry Park Zoo

1986-10-13Lowry Park Zoo
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

1984-09-14Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)
from Kolmarden Zoo

Record history
History of updates2024-01-23

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tilly is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2010 at Two Tails Ranch, in United States, .


  1. (M) 1985-11-24 -- † 2022-11-00 Luke (Sabu) SSP id: 261


Tilly was born wild 1960.

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Local ID nr in Kolmarden: 3430

Eventually imported (with the name Chocolate) to U.S.A. from Kolmarden, Sweden. Kolmorden sold Tilly due to agressivness, and several accidents involving elephant keepers.

Records about Tilly from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/"In 1980 someone in Circus World management had a San Diego Zoo connection and brought in Franz Tisch to take over the elephants. Some time later, to the delight of the Zoo Officials, they unloaded two dangerous elephants on Circus World, "Toomai" and "Chocolate". Realizing their mistake both were gotten rid of. "Toomai" to Jacobson and "Chocolate" to the Lowrey Park Zoo (another mistake).
//Buckles Woodcock"

William "Buckles" Woodcock

1993-07-10: Killed her 24-year-old elephant handler Charlotte "Char-Lee" Torre in Lowry Park Zoo, by pinning her to the ground and kicking her in the chest.

2000-09, Ringling was cited by the USDA for failing to provide veterinary care to an elephant named Tillie who had been diagnosed with TB
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tilly, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Two Tails Ranch in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 April 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1870. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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