Vera (Bingo)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Arthur Brothers Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Vera (Bingo)  dead elephant


SSP nrT2128


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 65 years old
Born:* 1880 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1945-07-11
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Arthur Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1942-00-00Arthur Brothers Circus
from Jimmy Hamiter

1940-00-00Jimmy Hamiter
from Parker and Watts Circus

1938-00-00Parker and Watts Circus
from Jimmy Hamiter

1932-02-06Jimmy Hamiter
from William P. Hall Animal Farm

1932-00-00William P. Hall Animal Farm
from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)

1926-00-00Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan) 1926-00-00
from William P. Hall Animal Farm

1926-00-00William P. Hall Animal Farm
from Memphis Zoo

1910-00-00Memphis Zoo
from Ringling Bros. Circus

Record history
History of updates0000-00-00

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† Vera (Bingo) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1945-07-11 at Arthur Brothers Circus, in United States, .


The North American Regional Studbook lists this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number, lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity."

Vera (Bingo) was born wild 1880.

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In 1926, Vera was bought by William P Hall from the Overton Park Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee. The year 1930 marked her 50th birthday. She became one of the six on the Robbins Brothers Circus before Hall sold her to Jimmy Hamiter in February 1932. From 1934 to 1936, she would be advertised as Bingo and perform with the Tol Brothers Circus, Orange Brothers Circus, Joe Webb Circus and Harley Seige Circus & Seige of the Alamo. Hammiter retained ownership through her time with the Parker & Watts Circus until he was in the army in 1942 and forced to sell her to the Arthur Brothers. The Arthur Brothers Herd in 1945 consisted of India, Bonnie, Shirley Temple, Vera, Wilhelmina and Gentry Babe, overseen by Cheerful Gardner. Vera died three years later in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Contradictory records:

The North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephants lists Vera with a different history.
1926 - MEMPHIS
1931 - HALL W.P.
1934 - TOL BROS
1936 - WEBB CIRC
11 Jul 1945 - DEATH

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Vera (Bingo), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Arthur Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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