Calcutta II
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Retirement Farm in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Calcutta II  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 60 years old
Born:* 1948 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1948
Dead: 2008-07-07
Death reason: euthanised: declining health
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Retirement Farm, in United States

Date of arrival

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Retirement Farm
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)

1986-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Blue Unit)
from Diano Brothers Circus

1952-00-00Diano Brothers Circus
from Hamid Circus (Hamid-Morton Circus)

1949-00-00Hamid Circus (Hamid-Morton Circus)
from Mysore Zoo

Record history
History of updates2009-03-20: Name, Birth, Death
2009-04-14: Previous locations, Text
2012-02-22: cline info

Latest document update2024-01-06 20:01:20
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† Calcutta II is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2008-07-07 at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Retirement Farm, in United States, . Official death reason described as declining health.

Affiliated people

1: William "Buckles" Woodcock (trainer from 1994 to 1995)


Calcutta II was born wild 1948, captured 1948 .

Comments / pictures

Records about Calcutta II from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
CALCUTTA II 1948 - Born in the wild Stud # 186
Female Asian 1948 - Mysore Zoo in South India
1950 to 1953 - Hamid-Morton Circus
1953- Diano Bros. Circus
1954 to 1985 - Diano Elephant Act
1985 to Present - RBBB
1994- 43 years old RBBB Program says 9,100 pounds
1995 to 2008 - retired at Williston facility
Died - July 18, 2008 ( Euthanasia due to declining health )

William "Buckles" Woodcock

"Referring to my handy, dandy notebook I came up with this list for the 1955 Ringling elephant Herd. The number in the show was "Mamas in the Park" which I have shown numerous pictures of on the Blog (little elephants in baby carriages). Elephants are listed in order of their seniority with the show. #22-28 are the seven punks added in 1953 "The Seven Wonders" and #29-48 are the twenty trained the previous winter by Louis Reed and Smokey Jones. Hugo Schmitt only presented the finished product in the ring since he had returned to the show with the understanding that he wouldn't have to be involved with overall operation.
Baptiste Schreiber arrived with elephants #49-50-51 arrived just prior to departure from Sarasota, bringing the Herd to 51. The final elephant, "Louie" an African (name later changed to Diamond) was delivered to the show while playing Detroit in July. I might add that three more older elephants were left in Sarasota, "Ringling Jennie", "Eva" and "Wallace Jewel" making a grand total of 55.
1955 Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows Robt. "Smokey" Jones Ele. Supt. Hugo Schmitt Trainer Baptiste Schreiber
1. Marcella 2. B Modoc 3. Myrtle 4. W Trilby 5. B Ruth 6. B Babe 7. Jewel 8. Lois 9. Tony 10. Josky 11. S Mary 12. W Babe 13. W Ruth 14. Judy 15. Topsy 16. Kernaudi 17. Minyak 18. Mutu 19. Sabu 20. Icky 21. Emily** 22. Tex 23. Padmuh 24. Tara 25. Yamina 26. Rani 27. Seetna 28. Raji 29. Siam 30. India 31. Calcutta 32. Mysore 33. Cutie 34. Trixie 35. Luna 36. Lucy 37. Henry 28. Betty 29. Cass 30. Mo 41. L Mary 42. L Eva 43. Pinky 44. Suzanne 45. Fannie 46. Jean 47. Adele 48. L Rajee 49. Lizie 50. Blondie 51. Bambi 52. Louie**

"To Henry Penndorf", Buckles Web Log, 2007-06-07

For many years, when the Ringling show played San Diego, it would always unload the elephants, horses and lead stock at the Santa Fe siding down in Old Town. From there, it was only about a mile’s walk to the Sports Arena. These photos were all taken when the Blue Unit arrived in 1986. Since then, more tracks have been added in this area and the unloading must take place further south. (From looking at the photos, it appears that the 1986 Blue Unit elephant Herd was made up of mostly full-grown adults.) Eric
Blue Show Herd 1986 (In order of seniority)
1. Siam 2. India 3. Calcutta 4. Jewel 5. Lucy 6. Betty 7. Rani 8. Suzanne 9. Jenny 10. Targa 11. Kernaudi 12. Roma 13. Putsie 14. Karen 15. Carmen 16. Sophie 17. Bonnie 18. Nicole 19. Icky (Delivered calf "Juliet" 12-30-92) 20. Alana (Delivered calf "Romeo" 1-10-93) Buckles

"Blue Show 1986 #1 (From Eric Beheim)," Buckles Web Log, 2009-01-14
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Calcutta II, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Retirement Farm in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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