Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Endangered Ark Foundation in United States

♀ 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
Alternative name: Susie



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Management:Free contact
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Endangered Ark Foundation, in United States

Date of arrival

Endangered Ark Foundation
from Carson and Barnes Circus

Record history
History of updates2009-06-22: Name, Management, Text
2009-12-10: Text, Image

Latest document update2021-12-04 04:07:59
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Suzy is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Endangered Ark Foundation, in United States.

Suzy arrived to the Endangered Ark Foundation unknown date, relocated from the Carson and Barnes Circus, in United States.

Suzy lives together with 10 other elephants at the Endangered Ark Foundation:
  1. 1. ♀ Alta born 1964-07-11
  2. 2. ♂ Cameron Lee born 2020-08-02
  3. 3. ♀ Del Rita born 1970
  4. 4. ♀ Dory Marie born 2015-07-28
  5. 5. ♀ Lilly (Lillie) born 1967
  6. 6. ♀ Margaret born 1969
  7. 7. ♂ Obert born 2003-08-20
  8. 8. ♀ Rosie born 1969
  9. 9. ♂ Tommy (Mickey) born 1992-05-25
  10. 10. ♀ Whimpy born 1970

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


Suzy was born wild at Asia unspecified location.

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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 list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Suzy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Endangered Ark Foundation in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 April 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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