Susie (Suzy) an Asian elephant at Carson and Barnes Circus

♀ Susie (Suzy)
Susie, Minnie and Bunnie, Presented by Anthony Frisco. Hadi Shrine Circus 11/2009. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Susie, Minnie and Bunnie, Presented by Anthony Frisco. Hadi Shrine Circus 11/2009. Photo: © Ryan Easley

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Id number
Management:Free contact
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Present / last location:Carson and Barnes Circus, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1957-00-00Carson and Barnes Circus

Document updated2009-06-22: Name, Management, Text
2009-12-10: Text, Image
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Susie (Suzy) is a Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), living in Carson and Barnes Circus, in United States.

Susie (Suzy) arrived in Carson and Barnes Circus 1957-00-00, relocated from , in .

In Carson and Barnes Circus, Susie (Suzy) lives together with 13 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Becky born 1969
  2. ,
  3. Bunnie
  4. ,
  5. Chang born 1972
  6. ,
  7. Isa born 1970
  8. ,
  9. Isla born 1968
  10. ,
  11. Kelly born 1970
  12. ,
  13. Libby
  14. ,
  15. Lisa
  16. ,
  17. Lulu born 1975
  18. ,
  19. Tracy (Traci, Tracey) born 1970
  20. ,
  21. Val born 2007-04-27
  22. ,
  23. Viola
  24. ,
  25. Zola born 1965
  26. , (see detailed list).


Susie (Suzy) was born wild .

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In the 2007 season, Billy Morris presented elephants on the Garden Brothers Circus leased from Carson & Barnes. He presented a three act with Susie, Bunny and Minnie. Suzie was also presented with Becky and Tracy on the Hanneford Circus that year as well.

In the 2008-2009 seasons, Ramon Esqueda presented elephants on the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Gold Unit leased from Carson & Barnes. He presented a three act with Susie, Bunny and Minnie. No elephant rides were offered, being a Ringling show.

The 2009 Hadi Shrine Circus in Evansville Indiana presented three rings of elephants leased from Carson & Barnes Circus. Minnie, Susie and Bunnie were presented by Anthony Frisco in Ring 1. Isa, Isla and Kelly were presented by Chip Arthur in Ring 3. Zola, Chang, Lulu, Whimpy, and two year old Val were presented by Tim Frisco in Center Ring.

On first sight I came to the conclusion that this was about the ugliest elephant I had ever set eyes on but over the years she filled out and remained very reliable but on occasion might fetch the grooms "a cheeky whallop".
Her entire circus career has been with Carson & Barnes, owned by either Moore or Miller and if someone had told me 50 years ago that she would one day be featured in New York City with the Greatest Show on Earth, I would have begged to differ.
Buckles Woodcock

I don't remember the details, except Daddy purchased Suzy from a zoo. Shipley went to get her and on the way to the show at night.
He was stopped on the road and told by another driver..."Sir, I don't know what you have in the back of your truck, but it coming OUT!"
Suzy behaved like a spoiled child..Mabel adopted her and protected her from Jenny...the mentally retarded one.
One day, a small boy pushed his bike too close to Suzy, and she reached out, took the bike and smashed it several times on the ground...the poor boy cried...Daddy,paid the bill.
Shipley and I performed with Mabel,Jenny, and Suzy for a long time. I have some great memories.
Wanda Moore

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Susie (Suzy), an Asian at Carson and Barnes Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 February 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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