Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Little Rock Zoological Gardens in United States

Biography
♀ Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie)
Babe, Mandy Turnbull & Sophie. Niabi Zoo 02/2009. Photo: © Mandy Turnbull
Babe, Mandy Turnbull & Sophie. Niabi Zoo 02/2009. Photo: © Mandy Turnbull

Identification

SSP nr197

Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 48 years old
Management:Free contact
Origin
Born:* 1976 wild
Birth place: in Myanmar unspecified location
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Little Rock Zoological Gardens, in United States

Date of arrival

2013-10-21Little Rock Zoological Gardens
from Niabi Zoo

2000-06-14Niabi Zoo
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

1980-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
from Firma Ruhe

Firma Ruhe
from Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)

Record history
History of updates0000-00-00

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Biography


Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Little Rock Zoological Gardens, in United States.

Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie) arrived in 2013-10-21 to the Little Rock Zoological Gardens, relocated from the Niabi Zoo, in United States.


Social

Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie) lives together with 2 other elephants at the Little Rock Zoological Gardens:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Sophie (Sandry) born 1969
  2. Zina (Zita, Siena) born 1960


Origin

Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie) was born wild 1976 at Myanmar unspecified location.


Comments / pictures

As a number of elephants imported from Burma, Babe has chemical Branding tattoo in shape of a star, on both her hips.

In June 2000, the Ringling Brothers Circus donated 25 year old Babe to the Niabi Zoo as a companion animal for the zoo's lone resident elephant since 1965, Kathy Sh-Boom. Babe was named in a city-wide contest with the last name Sh-Bang.
In November 2002, Kathy Sh-Boom was the oldest known captive elephant to have died from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus, 30 months after Babe's arrival at the age of 40. After Kathy's death, Ringling donated another elephant to Niabi Zoo in March 2003, Sophie. Niabi Director Tom Stalf said it is assumed Kathy contracted the disease from Babe. Both Sophie and Babe were both later tested positive as carriers for the disease. They were selected for the RBBB's companionship program after a recommendation not to breed, due to Babe's ovarian cysts and Sophie's Arthritis.
In 1980-81, six elephants arrived from Burma with a star branded on their hip (Bonnie, Nicole, Alana and Icky who went to Axel Gautier, Siam and Bangkok who went to Gunther Gebel-Williams) . She measures almost ten Feet tall.


Contradictory records:

The North American Asian Elephant Studbook lists Babe's arrival to Niabi Zoo as June 12, while the press release from Ringling CITES June 14.

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2024). Babe Sh-Bang (Bonnie), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Little Rock Zoological Gardens in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3065. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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