Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Sleepy  dead elephant


SSP nr730


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1972
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills, in United States

Date of arrival

1972-00-00Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills
Record history
History of updates2009-04-04: New elephant RE
2009-04-12: SSP RE

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Sleepy is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1972 at Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills, in United States, .


Sleepy was born wild .

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In 1972, the Laguna Hills Lion Country Safari in California imported seven Asian calves and dubbed them the "Seven Dwarves." They came from Thailand and cost $800 per elephant. Shortly thereafter they were transferred to the West Palm Beach Lion Country Safari in Florida, minus one that died beforehand.
Sneezy (SB160) was sold to the Memphis Zoo in July 1974 and has resided at the Tulsa Zoo since 1977. Happy (SB208) and Grumpy (SB168) were sold to the Bronx Zoo in March 1977. Happy still lives there with two other females Asian elephants, whereas Grumpy died in 2002. Dopey (SB148, later renamed Cindy) and Bashful (SB151, later renamed Jaz) were sold to Howard Johnson in May 1978 and transferred to his son Gary Johnson of Have Trunk Will Travel in 1987, eventually joining the George Carden Circus in 1993 where they still perform today. Doc (SB272, later renamed Vance) was sold to Bill Swain in June 1980, sold again to Mike Hackenberger of the Bowmanville Zoo eight years later, and died in 2007. The last dwarf, Sleepy, was the calf that never left California.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Sleepy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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