Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Ringling Bessie at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

 ☨ ♀ Ringling Bessie  



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1930-07-14
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1919-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
from Ringling Brothers Circus

Document updated2009-03-25: New elephant
2012-09-30: text
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† Ringling Bessie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, in United States, 1930-07-14. (see detailed list).


Ringling Bessie was born wild .

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After the Barnum & Bailey merge with Ringling Brothers, she became one of two Bessie's on the show. The Barnum Bessie remained at winter quarters from 1920-1925 until her sale to the Christy Brothers Show. Ringling Bessie stayed with the new show until her death in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1930.

Records about Ringling Bessie from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
From Buckles Woodcocks blog:

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Ringling Bessie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.
  • Ryan Easley, USA


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