Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Bucky Steele in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tulsa  dead elephant


SSP nr618


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1981-03-09
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Bucky Steele, in United States

Date of arrival

1980-00-00Bucky Steele
from Kings Amusements

1961-00-00Kings Amusements
from Will H. Hill

Record history
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Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tulsa is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1981-03-09 at Bucky Steele, in United States, .


Tulsa was born wild .

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Records about Tulsa from Bob Cline

1926 to 1960 - William Hill Elephant Act
1961 to 1980 - Walt King Amusements
1980 - Sold to Circus Gatti
Died - 1980 at Bucky Steele's place on her way to Circus Gatti in CA.
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

"I met Bobby Gibbs when he was working for Walt King's father in the spring of 1965 in Columbia, SC. Bobby was working Wanda (a former Will Hill elephant?)and other animals in a small shopping center circus and ride operation. I recall asking about King's ad in AB for the three elephant act in 1965. Would that have been Tulsa, Wanda, and (who)?" //Jim Alexander

"The Walt King elephant had a three act with Rajee until she died in Benton Harbor, Michigan in Sept. of 1963. They didn't get Queenie until 1967, and they only had Nellie for a short time in the early 1970's before selling here to the Commerford Petting Zoo. So other than Tulsa and Wanda, I don't have a third elephant listed in 1965." //Bob Cline

Contradictory records:

The North American SSP only information regarding Tulsa is a birth in 1947, an arrival date to Bucky Steele ~01/24/81 and a death date 03/09/81. None of these correspond to the data acquired by Bob Cline.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Tulsa, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Bucky Steele in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3089. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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