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Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Wild Adventures in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Bessie  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Imported:1947 by Ben Davenport
Dead: 2008-01-00
Death location: Wild Adventures
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Wild Adventures, in United States

Date of arrival

2003-01-00Wild Adventures
from Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus)

1978-00-00Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus)
from Hagen Wallace - Sells and Gray Circus

1977-00-00Hagen Wallace - Sells and Gray Circus
from Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus)

1971-00-00Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus)
from Sells and Gray Circus

1970-00-00Sells and Gray Circus
from King Brothers Circus (Acme-Ned Toth)

1963-00-00King Brothers Circus (Acme-Ned Toth) 1963-00-00
from Sells and Gray Circus

1962-00-00Sells and Gray Circus
from Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus)

1960-00-00Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus)
from Cristiani Brothers Circus

1956-00-00Cristiani Brothers Circus
from Bailey Brothers-Cristiani Circus

1954-00-00Bailey Brothers-Cristiani Circus
from King Brothers and Cristiani Circus

1952-00-00King Brothers and Cristiani Circus
from Illinois State Museum

1951-00-00Illinois State Museum
from Dailey Bros. Circus

1948-00-00Dailey Bros. Circus
from Ben Davenport

1947-00-00Ben Davenport
from Karnataka unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2010-02-11: Previous locations, Text

Latest document update2021-09-15 00:33:48
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† Bessie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2008-01-00 at Wild Adventures, in United States, .


Bessie was born wild at Asia unspecified location. and imported 1947 by Ben Davenport

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Records about Bessie from Bob Cline

BESSIE 1943 - Brought to US by Louis Reed for Ben Davenport's Dailey Bros. Circus. (Error, must be 1947)
Female Asian 1950 - given to Norma Davenport Christani as a wedding present.
1951 - King Bros. Circus
1952 to 1953 - King Bros. Cristiani Circus
1954 to 1955 - Bailey Cristiani Circus
1956 to 1959 - Cristiani Bros. Circus
1960 to 1961 - Clyde Beatty - Cole Bros. Circus
1962 - Sells & Gray Circus
1963 to 1969 - King Bros. Circus
1970 - Sells & Gray Circus
1971 to 1976 - Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus
1977 - Hagen Wallace - Sells & Gray Circus
1978 to 2002 - Clyde Beatty - Cole Bros. Circus
2002 to 2008 - retired in Wild Adventures Wild Animal Park in Valdosta, Georgia.
Died - January 2008

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

In January 2003, Bessie was retired to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia. She joined other circus retirees Queenie from Patty Gatti and Shirley from Karen Cristiani.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Bessie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Wild Adventures in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 10 June 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3127. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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