Jill an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at King Brothers Circus

☨ Jill
ID nr:   SSP Number: 579 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ < 1, unknown age
Dead date:
Death reason: disease: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Location:King Brothers Circus
ArrivalKing Brothers Circus 1960-00-00
from Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel)
Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel) 1958-06-18
from St Louis Zoo
St Louis Zoo 1949-04-15
from Prospect Park Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo 1949-03-08
from Trefflichs Bird and Animal Company (Henry Trefflich)
Born:* 1946-10-00 wild India
Document updated2010-09-28: Previous locations, Birth, Text RE
On March 8, 1949, one of the largest animal shipments by air at the time brought 13000 pounds of animals to Idlewild Airport in New York from Singapore. The shipment of 133 animals captured in the jungles of India was consigned by Trefflich’s Bird & Animal Company. Six 1500 pound baby elephants were included, three destined for Biller Brothers Circus and two to the St Louis Zoo. The elephants were temporarily housed at the Prospect Park Zoo in Bronx, New York, while the other animals, including *leopards, gibbons, monkeys and a python were transferred to Trefflich’s quarters. The captain of the plane told of temporarily flying at a very high altitude several times to deplete the calves’ oxygen supply, making them sleepy and halting their “playful antics.” Jill and Judy, the two purchased by the zoo, arrived in St Louis the next month.

Contradictory records::
Buckles WebLog and the studbook gives different history

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Jill, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at King Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2223. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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