Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Albuquerque Biological Park in United States

♀ Irene


SSP nr523


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 57 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1967 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1970
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States

Date of arrival

1998-08-13Albuquerque Biological Park
from King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)

1994-00-00King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)
from Great American Circus

1985-00-00Great American Circus
from Hoxie's Great American Circus

1983-00-00Hoxie's Great American Circus
from Hoxie Brothers Circus

Record history
History of updates2010-12-31: Previous locations, Birth, Management, Text RE

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Irene is a living confiscated Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States.

Irene arrived in 1998-08-13 to the Albuquerque Biological Park, relocated from the King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport), in United States.


Irene lives together with 3 other elephants at the Albuquerque Biological Park:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Albert born 1998-11-29
  2. Alice born 1974
  3. Rozie (Rozana) born 1992-11-08


Irene was born wild 1967, captured 1970 .

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Janet, Kelly and Irene became a three act put together from the Hoxie Herd by Johnny Harriott to go to Venezuala for Jimmy Harrington. They would later become the Great American Herd on Allen Hill's show.

Irene was sold to Gopher Davenport and was confiscated by Albuquerque officials, along with an African cow named Donna, following the death of an elephant abandoned in a trailer in a parking lot.

2010: Irene is the Matriarch of the Albuquerque Zoo's Herd of six elephants, including two young males and a newborn calf.

Records about Irene from Bob Cline

1980 - Hoxie Bros. Circus
1984 - Hoxie's Great American Circus
1985 to 1994 - Allan C. Hill's Great American Circus
1994 to 1998 - King Royal Circus ( Gopher Davenport )
1998 - Rio Grande Zoo
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Irene, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Albuquerque Biological Park in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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