Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Skanda Vale Temple in United Kingdom

♀ Lakshmi
Alternative name: Lechmee, Letchmai, Lechemee)



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 57 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1966 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Skanda Vale Temple, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

2018-10-00Skanda Vale Temple
from Circus Medrano (Raoul Gibault Cirque Medrano)

Circus Medrano (Raoul Gibault Cirque Medrano)
from Richard Chipperfield

Richard Chipperfield
from Circus Chipperfield

1973-00-00Circus Chipperfield
from Tyseley Pet Stores

Record history
History of updates2010-05-08: operation
2010-06-09: previous location.
2018-12-07: transferred to Skanda Vale
2022-04-15: Born in Asia

Latest document update2022-04-15 10:11:53
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Lakshmi is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Skanda Vale Temple, in United Kingdom.

Lakshmi arrived in 2018-10-00 to the Skanda Vale Temple, relocated from the Circus Medrano (Raoul Gibault Cirque Medrano), in France.

Lakshmi lives together with 2 other elephants at the Skanda Vale Temple:
  1. Kamala (Camilla, Kamella) born 1966
  2. Valli born 1980

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Lakshmi was born wild 1966 at Asia unspecified location.

Comments / pictures

1996: Season 1996 in Ringling brothers Blue unit with trainer Graham Thomas Chipperfield

2010: Three-ton Lechmee recently become blind, and couldnt work in the ring. Dr. Christine Lendl travelled from Germany to supervise the operation which was carried out by two of Europes leading opthalmologists assisted by veterinarians.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Lakshmi, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Skanda Vale Temple in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 2 October 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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