Ringling Bessie an Asian elephant at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

☨ Ringling Bessie
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀
Dead date: 1930-07-14
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
ArrivalRingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1919-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Born:* wild
Document updated2009-03-25: New elephant
2012-09-30: text
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 http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
From Buckles Woodcocks blog:



Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Ringling Bessie, an Asian at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4693. (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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