Benny (Dumbo)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Toluca Zoo in Mexico

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Benny (Dumbo)  dead elephant


SSP nr330


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 25 years old
Born:* 1991-12-19 captive-born
Birth place: in Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

Parents: Vance (Matt) x ♀ Josky (Patne)
Dead: 2016-12-26
Death reason: unknown: kidney problem?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Toluca Zoo, in Mexico

Date of arrival

2002-00-00Toluca Zoo
from Circo Hermanos Vazquez

2000-04-01Circo Hermanos Vazquez
from Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)

1999-00-00Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)
from Circus Vargas

1996-00-00Circus Vargas
from Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)

1992-11-00Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

1992-09-11Roman Schmitt Busch Garden 1992-09-11
from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

1992-04-26Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
from Roman Schmitt Busch Garden

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† Benny (Dumbo) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2016-12-26 at Toluca Zoo, in Mexico, . Official death reason described as kidney problem?.


Benny (Dumbo) was born captive-born 1991-12-19 at Roman Schmitt Busch Garden.


Parents of Benny (Dumbo) are: ♂ Vance (Matt) (father) and ♀ Josky (Patne) (mother).

Siblings through the father Vance (Matt):

  1. 1983-09-09(M) Big Boy
  2. 1983-11-23(F) Targa
  3. 1984-02-02 -- † 2023-02-00? (M) Smokey (Rhani, Ronnie)
  4. 1985-11-24 -- † 2022-11-00 (M) Luke (Sabu)
  5. 1987-01-22(M) Bo
  6. 1987-04-02 -- † 2006 (M) Ceasar
  7. 1987-10-10 -- † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  8. 1988-01-16(M) Hank
  9. 1988-12-30(F) Angel
  10. 1989-07-21 -- † 1989-07-21 (M) stillborn
  11. 1989-08 -- † 1989-08 (M) stillborn
  12. 1990-04-13(F) Karnaudi
  13. 1991-01-06 -- † 1999-04-21 (F) Belle
  14. 1992-04-04(F) Tanya
  15. 1992-04-17 -- † 2006-01--31 (F) Maya (Sammi, Sami, Samuel R II)
  16. 1992-05-25(M) Tommy (Mickey)
  17. 1992-10-17 -- † 1992-10-17 (F) stillborn
  18. 1994-08-19 -- † 1998 (M) Kenny (Kenneth)
  19. 1994-10-29(F) Bonnie
  20. 1995-02-03 -- † 1999-07-26 (M) Benjamin
  21. 1995-02-19(F) Shirley
  22. 1996-01-01(F) Kelly Ann

Siblings through the mother Josky (Patne):

  1. 1984-00-00(F) Luna (Nancy)
  2. 1987-10-10 - † 2009-05-15 (M) Ned (Indy, India)
  3. 1995-02-03 - † 1999-07-26 (M) Benjamin
  4. 2002-05-21(M) P.T.


Benny (Dumbo)s ancestral Pedigree:

Benny (Dumbo)

Sire (f):
Vance (Matt)

Born: 1963

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Dame m:
Josky (Patne)

Born: 1967

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Contrary to some reports, Benny was not castrated.
Benny was bought by the Vasquez Circus from Trunks & Humps for $40,000. He was smuggled from Texas to Mexico by the Mexican circus owner, who bribed Mexican customs officers with $4,500 to sneak the elephant across the border. He was confiscated from the circus in 2002 and transferred to the Toluca Zoo.

There were two enclosures for Asian elephants. In one was a pair, Ted, a tusked bull about 50 years old, and Bee, a female of about 60; in the other was a lone Tuskless bull, Ramos, about 50 years old. All three were donations from a Mexican circus, and had narrowly escaped being destroyed because they killed their trainer and another person. (I am not sure that the ages given above are correct, but that is what I was told.)
International Zoo News Vol. 47/1 (No. 298) January/February 2000
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Benny (Dumbo), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Toluca Zoo in Mexico. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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