Fritz at Barnum and Baileys circus European tour

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Fritz at Barnum and Baileys circus European tour

Fritz statue at museum in Tours, France
† Fritz
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Body height: 3.17 meter, 10.4 feet
Dead date: 1902-06-11
Death reason: killed: strangled due to agressiveness
Location:Barnum and Baileys circus European tour
ArrivedBarnum and Baileys circus European tour 1897-00-00
from Barnum and Bailey Circus
Barnum and Bailey Circus 1888-00-00
from Barnum and London Circus
Barnum and London Circus 1881-00-00
from P. T. Barnums Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome
Born: wild
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Records about Fritz from Bob Cline
FRITZ 1879 to 1880 - P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth
Male Asian 1881 to 1887 - Barnum & London Circus
1888 to 1902 - Barnum & Bailey Circus
Died - June 12, 1902 ( Executed while on European tour. )


Fritz joined the Barnum and Bailey Circus during its final year of its five year European Tour. Eighteen elephants, ten large and eight younger, were under the supervision of George Conklin, George Beattie and George Bates. In total, six elephants died during the tour and none of the four males displayed returned to the United States.

Around 30 years old in the 1897. He was heavier than Jumbo and about 10, 4 tall, the shows tallest at that time.

He went for Bates, his keeper, in Tours, and was hung on Baileys orders on 11th June 1902.

The stuffed remains of Fritz can be found at the Musée des Beaux Art, Tours, France.



Killed in France on tour in Europe, under supervision of George Conklin.

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