Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Howling Wolf Lodge and Wild Animal Sanctuary in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Neena  dead elephant
This is most possibly Neena 2 on John Strong circus
This is most possibly Neena 2 on John Strong circus



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1982-02-00
Death reason: accident: barnfire
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Howling Wolf Lodge and Wild Animal Sanctuary, in United States

Date of arrival

1978-00-00Howling Wolf Lodge and Wild Animal Sanctuary
from Pat Derbys famous wild animals

1977-03-00Pat Derbys famous wild animals
from Buellton Wild Animal Park (Ted and Pat Derby)

1971-00-00Buellton Wild Animal Park (Ted and Pat Derby)
from Big John Strong Circus

Record history
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† Neena is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1982-02-00 at Howling Wolf Lodge and Wild Animal Sanctuary, in United States, . Official death reason described as barnfire.


Neena was born wild .

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1972: The article animal stunts tells about how Pat Derby rode her elephant, Neena, through the ceremonial opening ribbon at the San Diego Wild Animal Park in 1972 and later gave talks about her animals to zoo visitors.
1977-03: Wild animal trainer Pat derby, whose exotic menagerie was nudged out of the Santa Ynez Valley by people-pressure and into what was supposed to be a temporary home on the Nipomo Mesa, thinks she may have found a permanent home after all. Since March, when Ms. Derby was told to move her brood from a compound in the Santa Ynez Valley by Santa Barbara County officials, she has had the more than a dozen animals in quarters on the Mesa leased from Mr. and Mrs Earl Laursen.

Records about Neena from Bob Cline

John Strong had a one ring Circus on the west coast for years. Known as the Big John Strong Show. His son still has a side show out of Texas. Nina is spelled Neena. There have been three of them with the one on C&B now being the last one. All were on the Big John Strong show thus the name was never changed and people didn't realize the elephant had changed. The second one retired in Northern California in 1970 and died in February 1982 at the Pat Derby farm in Leggett, California.
Bob Cline, 01/29/2009

Female Asian 1962 to 1969 - Big John Strong Circus
1970 to 1982 - retired in Northern California
Died in Feb. 1982 at the Pat Derby farm in Leggett. California

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

"Derby rarely mentions how in her days as a trainer and operator of a roadside zoo in Buellton , CA another elephant in her care died in a barn fire."

Lauren Tariel, daughter to Larry Tariel who worked with Neena on John Strongs circus, writes on Facebook page Pet Law News and Facebook page for Circus Historical Society:

"The circus also had three elephants at different times named Neena. The Neena my dad worked with retired and went to Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) who claimed that they "rescued" Neena. Pat Derby who took Neena wrote in her book, A Lady and Her Tiger, about the tricks that Neena did because Neena "wanted to" and not because she had to. Pat seemed clueless that Neena was trained to do those things because she wanted to learn them. Neena would do her act even when her handler was not in the ring. My dad wanted to visit Neena because she lived nearby, but she died in a fire at PAWS. The people who claimed to "rescue" Neena, killed her with negligence."
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Neena, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Howling Wolf Lodge and Wild Animal Sanctuary in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 6 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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