Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Wirth Circus in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Alice  dead elephant
Postcard with Alice, postmarked 31 January 1907.
Postcard with Alice, postmarked 31 January 1907.

Alternative name: Princess Alice



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 65 years old
Born:* 1876 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1941-11-25
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Wirth Circus, in Australia

Date of arrival

1908-00-00Wirth Circus
from Wonderland City

1906-11-00Wonderland City
from Bostock & Wombwells Menagerie (Wombwell No.2 menagerie)

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Latest document update2023-12-03 13:55:09
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† Alice is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1941-11-25 at Wirth Circus, in Australia, .


Alice was born wild 1876.

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Alice was bought to Australia by Bostock & Wombwall's Circus and Menagerie in 1905/1906 where she was used in the tour until auctioned in November 1906 when she was purchased by William Anderson for his 'Wonderland City' enterprise located in Tamamara Sydney Australia. By 1908 Wirth's Circus had purchased Alice and I found a report of her in November 1908 of her performing in the ring at Wirth's Circus. By the 1920's reports began to circulate that the now renamed 'Princess Alice' had been the companion of P.T Barnum's African Bush elephant Jumbo in fact this is completely untrue given that the 'Princess Alice' with Jumbo was in fact also an African Bush Elephant. Claims were later made in the 1930's that Alice was over 100 years old. In fact she was in her sixties. I ascertained her approximate age from the article about the auction in 1906 where her age was stated as being 30 years old.

'Princess' Alice travelled extensively with Wirth's Circus until her death on 25 November 1941. Alice was born around 1876 - where I have no record at this stage.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Alice, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Wirth Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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