Benjamin an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

☨ Benjamin
ID Number:   SSP Number: 381 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 4 years old
Dead date: 1999-07-26
Death reason: accident: drowned
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
ArrivalRingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit) 1998-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation 1995-00-00
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Born:* 1995-02-03 captive-born
in Roman Schmitt Busch Garden
Parents: Vance (Matt) x Josky (Patne)
Siblings through the father Vance (Matt):
  1. 1983-09-09(M) Roman
  2. 1983-11-23(F) Targa
  3. 1984-02-02(M) Smokey (Rhani, Ronnie)
  4. 1985-11-24(M) Luke (Sabu)
  5. 1987-01-22(M) Bo (Joe, Kalanan)
  6. 1987-04-02 -- † 2006 (M) Ceasar
  7. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  8. 1988-01-16(M) Hank
  9. 1988-12-30(F) Angel (Alice)
  10. 1989-07-21 -- † 1989-07-21 (M) stillborn
  11. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
  12. 1990-04-13(F) Karnaudi
  13. 1991-01-06 -- † 1999-04-21 (F) Belle
  14. 1991-12-19 -- † 2016-12-26 (M) Benny (Dumbo)
  15. 1992-04-04(F) Tanya
  16. 1992-04-17 -- † 2006-01--31 (F) Maya (Sammi, Sami, Samuel R II)
  17. 1992-05-25(M) Tommy (Mickey)
  18. 1992-10-17 -- † 1992-10-17 (F) stillborn
  19. 1994-08-19 -- † 1998 (M) Kenny (Kenneth)
  20. 1994-10-29(F) Bonnie
  21. 1995-02-19(F) Shirley
  22. 1996-01-01(F) Kelly Ann
Siblings through the mother Josky (Patne):
  1. 1984-00-00(F) Luna (Nancy)
  2. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  3. 1991-12-19 -- † 2016-12-26 (M) Benny (Dumbo)
  4. 2002-05-21(M) P.T.
Benjamins pedigree:
P I II III

Benjamin

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Vance (Matt)

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Josky (Patne)

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Document updated2009-12-13: SSP, Death, Text
2012-02-21: blue unit
Sometimes stated as born at Ringling, but according to EEG Benjamin was born at Roman Schmitt.

Benjamin drowned in a pond while playing. During the season, the train had stopped to water the elephants.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Benjamin, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 September 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2424. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Ryan Easley, USA
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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