Barnum Nellie an Asian elephant at Houston Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Barnum Nellie  


SSP nr678 / T2083


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

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1924-00-00Houston Zoo
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1919-00-00
from Barnum and Bailey Circus
Barnum and Bailey Circus 1888-00-00
from Barnum and London Circus

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† Barnum Nellie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Houston Zoo, in United States, of from unknown reasons in 1941. (see detailed list).


Barnum Nellie was born wild 1914.

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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)

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

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:

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Barnum Nellie, an Asian elephant at Houston Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 April 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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