Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Frankfurt Zoo

☨ Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny)
ID nr:EEP Number: 0202 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Dead date: 1942-10-15
Death reason: euthanised: Musculoskeletal
Location:Frankfurt Zoo
ArrivalFrankfurt Zoo 1922-05-16
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) 1921-04-00
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1919-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Ringling Brothers Circus 1912-00-00
from Forepaugh-Sells Show
Forepaugh-Sells Show 1910-00-00
from Gollmar Brothers Circus
Gollmar Brothers Circus 1908-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Ringling Brothers Circus 1902-12-18
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt) 1902-00-00
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck
Born:* wild Sri Lanka
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1900 -- † 1939 Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo), SSP nr: 491
Document updated2009-11-23:�date import back to Hagenbeck 1921
2012-04-20:�text, sources
Contradictory records:
According to EEG she arrived in Baraboo 1902-12-18.
According to Bob Cline Execution by gunshot Oct. 8, 1942 in Frankfurt Zoo

Records about Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny) from Bob Cline
VANITA called Jenny upon arrival to US
Female Asian 1902 - gives birth to a Female Calf in Ceylon
1902 to 1908- Ringling Bros. Circus
1908 to 1909 - leased to Gollmar Bros. Circus
1910 to 1911 - leased to Adam Forepaugh-Sells Bros. Circus ( owned by Ringling )
1912 to 1918 - Ringling Bros. Circus
1919 to 1921 - RBBB
1921 - returned to Hagenbeck in Germany
1921 to 1942 - Hagenbeck and Frankfort Zoo
Died - Oct. 8, 1942 in Frankfort Zoo Execution by gunshot

Called Jenny upon arrival to US

One of the most memorable events during Souder's career was the delivery of "Vanita" from the Hagenbeck Zoo in 1903 along with her nursing calf. The Ringlings couldn't resist the temptation of announcing she was born in winter quarters, hence the name "Baby Baraboo".
She eventually developed an evil disposition and was sold to Wm. P. Hall in 1911 who leased her to a variety of shows until she was sold by the Hall Estate to the new Cole Bros. Circus in 1935.
My father was around her (now called "Boo") when he worked for Hall and told me of many adventures they had.

Oddly enough, Vanita went back to Germany in 1921 along with 3 more elephants since the Hagenbeck's stock had been depleted during World War I.

Williams Buckles Woodcock

This performance really did make John Ringling
whistle, and our wonderfully trained eighteen polar bears, twelve
Bengal tigers and the exotic item with fourteen zebras and camels also
pleased him mightily. In due course he wrote us a handsome cheque,
in addition transferring to us four elephants out of his American herd,
which by steady purchasing in these years since we last met he had
built up to some ninety animals.
Animals Are My Life, by Lorenz Hagenbeck

The other three elephants were Barnum Queen, Jess, and Mary.

Records about Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny) from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
From Buckles Woodcocks blog:

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Veneda (Venita, Vanita, Jenny), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Frankfurt Zoo in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Animals Are My Life, by Lorenz Hagenbeck
  • Page 62, Carl Hagenbeck, by Haug von Kuenheim
  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.
  • Buckles Weblog
  • Page 49, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, Dokumentation 2 Nordamerika, 1997, by European Elephant Group: Haufellner, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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