Albert an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

☨ Albert
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 41 years old
Dead date: 1929-03-28
Death reason: disease: pneumonia
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
ArrivalRingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1919-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Ringling Brothers Circus 1907-00-00
from Barnum and Bailey Circus
Born:* 1888 wild Myanmar
Document updated2009-01-12: Previous locations, Text
Tuskless makna.

Records about Albert from Bob Cline
ALBERT Born - 1888 1907 to 1918 - RBBB
Male Asian 1895 to 1918 - Barnum & Bailey Circus ( Tuskless from Burma )
1919 to 1929 - remained in Bridgeport, CT winter quarters
1919 to 1929 - RBBB 41 years old
Died - March 28, 1929 at Starlight Park

1895: listed in New York World on Sun. Dec 1, 1895 as arriving on the Persia
1907 to 1918 - Ringling Brothers Circus per Bob Cline
1919 to 1929 - remained in Bridgeport, CT winter quarters

"In 1917 the Barnum Show carried 18 Asian elephants, four of which were males. Two tuskers "Pilate" and "Mighty" and two that had no ivory at all "Albert" and "Coco".
To the uninformed, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey were long since dead by this time and the show was owned by the Ringling Brothers. Two years later both shows and titles were merged and the 1919 show carried 36 elephants adding three more tuskless males "Sammy", "Rio" and "John". This phenomenon is not all that unusual but I have read that tuskless males in the jungle will instinctly become more ferocious in order to compete with tuskers.
My dad was on the show in 1920 taking care of two camels named "Victor" and "Rosie" and added that the only tusker at that time was "Mighty" and he had knobs on the end of his tusks but for some reason they were flat like door knobs. He also mentioned that when the elephant men mounted up to ride to the train the Ringling elephants raised them up with their trunks and the Barnum elephants used their left front foot. Buckles"

Barnum & Bailey/ Mooneys musical elephants, Buckles Web Log, 07/21/05

Records about Albert from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
From Buckles Woodcocks blog:

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Albert, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.

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