Barnum Nellie
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Houston Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Barnum Nellie  dead elephant


SSP nr678 / T2083


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 27 years old
Born:* 1914 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1941
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Houston Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1924-00-00Houston Zoo
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

1919-00-00Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Barnum & Bailey Circus

1888-00-00Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Barnum and London Circus

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History of updates2021-06-18

Latest document update2024-03-26 12:46:34
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† Barnum Nellie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1941 at Houston Zoo, in United States, .

Affiliated people

1: Hans Nagel (trainer from 1924 to 1941)


Barnum Nellie was born wild 1914 at Asia unspecified location.

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Contradictory records:

According to Ringling elephants 1888-1968 in Bandwagon, this elephant came to RBBB from Barnum and Bailey, not from from Ringling Brothers Circus.

Buckles Woodcock support this:

Records about Barnum Nellie from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
Barnum Nellie
1884-87 Barnum & London Circus
1888-18 Barnum & Bailey Circus (Toured 1898-02 in Europe)
1919-24 Ringling-Barnum Circus
1924-41 Houston, Texas Zoo
(Died in 1941)

William "Buckles" Woodcock

Bob Cline and SSP stat her to come into RBBB from Ringling Bros, not Barnum and Baileys:

Records about Barnum Nellie from Bob Cline

NELLIE Born - 1910 in the wild
Female Asian 1911 to 1918 - Ringling Bros. Circus
1919 to 1924 - RBBB
1924 to 1941 - Houston Zoo
Died - 1941

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

Records about Barnum Nellie from SSPNorth American Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Barnum Nellie:

T2083 F ~ 1914 WILD WILD ASIA ???? ______ Capture Nellie
HAMBURG ???? ______ Transfer
RINGLING ~ 1918 ______ Transfer
HOUSTON ~ 1924 ______ Transfer
~ 1941 Death

Source: SSP studbook for Asian elephants online

Records about Barnum Nellie from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
From Buckles Woodcocks blog:
Barnum Nellie in Houston Zoo

William "Buckles" Woodcock
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Barnum Nellie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Houston Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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