Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Little Rock Zoological Gardens in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ruth  dead elephant


SSP nr558


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 64 years old
Born:* 1913 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1977-08-27
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Little Rock Zoological Gardens, in United States

Date of arrival

1937-00-00Little Rock Zoological Gardens
from Schell Brothers Circus

1928-00-00Schell Brothers Circus
from Zellmar Brothers Circus

1926-00-00Zellmar Brothers Circus
from William P. Hall Animal Farm

Record history
History of updates0000-00-00

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This record may be a duplicate record with Ruth at William P. Hall Animal Farm

† Ruth is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1977-08-27 at Little Rock Zoological Gardens, in United States, .


Ruth was born wild 1913 at Asia unspecified location.

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Records about Ruth from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
Ruth in Little Rock Zoological GardensMilt Herriott with the Schell Bros. elephants owned by George Engesser in the early 1930s. I have four listed during this time period "Ruth", "Mary", "Patsy" and "Bolo" a young male.

William "Buckles" Woodcock

Contradictory records:

Bob Cline states:
Born - 1913 in the wild
1926 - Wm. P. Hall farm
1926 to 1928 - Zellmar Bros. Circus
1928 to 1937 - Schell Bros. Circus
1937 to 1977 - Little Rock Zoo
Died - Aug. 27, 1977

Buckles Woodcock states:
1925 Wm. P. Hall Animal Farm
1926-27 Zellmar Bros. Circus
1928-38 Schell Bros. Circus
1938-68 Little Rock, Ark. Zoo
(Died in Nov. of 1968)

Studbook states:
558 F ~ 1913 WILD WILD ASIA ???? NONE Capture Ruth
ZELLMAR C ~ 1927 ______ Transfer
SCHELL BR ~ 1932 ______ Transfer
ENGESSERS ???? ______ Transfer
LITTLEROC ~ 1937 167 Transfer
27-Aug-1977 Death
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ruth, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Little Rock Zoological Gardens in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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