Tanya I
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Hanneford Family Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tanya I  dead elephant


Local id Number 1


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ maybe about 9 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1964? unknown
Birth place:
Dead: 1973
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Hanneford Family Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1973-00-00Hanneford Family Circus
from Jenda Smaha

Record history
History of updates2022-03-09

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tanya I is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1973 at Hanneford Family Circus, in United States, .


Tanya I was born unknown 1964?.

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First Tanya of Jenda Smaha?

A Charlestown, South Carolina, news article ("Elephant Steals Vegas Show," The News and Courier, 01/03/1971, p 6-C) states the year and half old Tanya was selected from a Group of babies imported from Bangkok in 1965. The article gives her current age as seven.

No circus would be complete without the name Bannaford appearing on the
program. This year it was George Hanneford, Jr.'s turn to perform his many feature acts. In addition to his great riding act, he also presented the elephant "Tanya" which he recently purchased from Jenda Smaha.

Source: Circus report nr 9, 1973

The first Tanya was purchased by George and Vicky Hanneford three months prior to her death in Milwaukee in 1973 at the Shrine Circus
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tanya I, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Hanneford Family Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1996. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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