Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Jumbo Circus in India

♀ Ganga


Chip id Number00065F1113
Local id Number 7
Kerala database nr00
Karnataka database160


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus indicus
Sex and age:Female ♀ 24 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 2000 unknown
Birth place:
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Present / last location:Jumbo Circus, in India

Date of arrival

2003-00-00Jumbo Circus
from Sonepur Fair

Record history
History of updates2009-08-20:New elephant
2011-12-11: text
2012-07-01: removing claimed parents, and captive bread records, this elephant eventually not captive bred at the circus.
2016-12-10: DCEMK_nr

Latest document update2021-03-24 08:10:06
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Ganga is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Jumbo Circus, in India.

Ganga arrived in 2003-00-00 to the Jumbo Circus, relocated from the Sonepur Fair, in India.


Ganga lives together with 5 other elephants at the Jumbo Circus:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Anarkali born 1978
  2. Ashoki born 1985
  3. Lakshmi born 2001
  4. Lucky born 1993
  5. Lucky Prasad born 1968


Ganga was born unknown 2000.

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Sources said during their performance at Ludhiana on January 30, 2003, circus authorities had claimed that the elephant couple Anarkali and Lucky Prasad had given birth to a male calf. A veterinary doctor from Ludhiana had given a certificate regarding that. But nine months later, on October 29, 2003, during their performance in Delhi, circus authorities claimed that it was actually a female calf. They procured a certificate from a veterinarian in Delhi saying that.

But during the same month, when Jumbo Circus was in Panipat, some Ludhiana residents visited its show and got to know that the calf named Ganesh, who was born in their city, had become Ganga. As a result, they suspected foul play.

"Training males is difficult as compared to females. We can say females are less violent. So the circus might have sold the male calf and purchased a female, which is illegal. We want a thorough probe," said an animal rights activist.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ganga, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Jumbo Circus in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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