Blanche an Asian elephant at Elephant Encounters (Bill Morris)

 ☨ ♀ Blanche  
Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 70 years old
Id number
Born:* 1895 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1965
Death reason: age:
Present / last location:Elephant Encounters (Bill Morris), in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1960-00-00Elephant Encounters (Bill Morris)
from Circus World Museum
Circus World Museum 1959-00-00
from Benson Bros Circus (William Morris)
Benson Bros Circus (William Morris) 1957-00-00
from Kelly Morris Circus
Kelly Morris Circus 1953-00-00
from Cole Brothers Circus
Cole Brothers Circus 1935-00-00
from William P Hall Animal Farm
William P Hall Animal Farm 1931-00-00
from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)
Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan) 1927-00-00
from Snake King
Snake King 1925-00-00
from William P Hall Animal Farm
William P Hall Animal Farm
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

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2009-03-16: Text
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† Blanche is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Elephant Encounters (Bill Morris), in United States, of age in 1965. (see detailed list).


Blanche was born wild 1895.

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Records about Blanche from Bob Cline
BLANCHE 1925 - arrived in US from Hagenbeck Zoo in Germany
Female Asian 1925 - sold to Fred Buchanan by Snake King
joined Robbins Bros. Circus in Winona, Minnesota in 1925
1925 to 1931 - Robbins Bros. Circus 1930 - 35 years old
1931 to 1934 - Wm P. Hall farm
1935 to 1952 - Cole Bros. Circus
1953 to 1956 - Kelly-Morris Circus
1957 - Benson Bros. Circus
1959 - at the Circus World Museum
1958 to 1965 - owned by Morris family
Died in 1965

In 1925, Blanche arrived from Hagenbeck Zoo in Germany. She was sold to Fred Buchanan by Snake King and joined the Robbins Brothers Circus in Winona, Minnesota. In 1959, she spent the summer at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, though still owned by the Morris family. //Bob Cline

"Yes indeed, Blanche was the biggest elephant in the herd but but for some reason, never trained for the ring, just used in harness. Here she can be seen unrolling a bale of canvas with her front feet attended by Billy Cox."
To Bud Copeland, Buckles Web Log, 2006-11-15

"You could always spot "Blanche" right away, fine looking big elephant."
Cole Bros. 1930's #7, Buckles Web Log, 2008-01-10

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Blanche, an Asian at Elephant Encounters (Bill Morris) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 January 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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