Sneezy an Asian elephant at Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum

ID nr:   SSP Number: 160 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 47 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
ArrivalTulsa Zoo and Living Museum 1977-07-29
from Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo 1974-07-18
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Florida
Lion Country Safari, Inc - Florida 1972-00-00
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills
Born:* 1973 wild Thailand
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 4 babies

  1. (M) 1986-10-05 -- † 1993-11-26 Maverick, SSP nr: 262
  2. (F) 1998-11-06 -- † 1998-11-06 stillborn
  3. (F) 2008-08-14 -- † 2008-08-14 miscarriage, SSP nr: 731
  4. (F) 2011-04-15 -- † 2015-10-01 Malee, SSP nr: 736
Document updated2009-04-04: Previous locations, Management, Text
2009-04-12: Text
In 1972, the Laguna Hills Lion Country Safari in California imported seven Asian calves and dubbed them the "Seven Dwarves." They came from Thailand and cost $800 per elephant. Shortly thereafter they were transferred to the West Palm Beach Lion Country Safari in Florida, minus one that died beforehand.
Sneezy (SB160) was sold to the Memphis Zoo in July 1974 and has resided at the Tulsa Zoo since 1977. Happy (SB208) and Grumpy (SB168) were sold to the Bronx Zoo in March 1977. Happy still lives there with two other females Asian elephants, whereas Grumpy died in 2002. Dopey (SB148, later renamed Cindy) and Bashful (SB151, later renamed Jaz) were sold to Howard Johnson in May 1978 and transferred to his son Gary Johnson of Have Trunk Will Travel in 1987, eventually joining the George Carden Circus in 1993 where they still perform today. Doc (SB272, later renamed Vance) was sold to Bill Swain in June 1980, sold again to Mike Hackenberger of the Bowmanville Zoo eight years later, and died in 2007. The last dwarf, Sleepy, was the calf that never left California.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Sneezy, an Asian at Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Ryan Easley, USA
  • Tommy Realing

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