Nancy an Asian elephant at Brookfield Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Nancy  


SSP nr449


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 31 years old
Born:* 1920 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1920
Dead date: 1951-01-19
Death reason: accident: hanged by her chain in the dry moat
Present / last location:Brookfield Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1933-11-10Brookfield Zoo
from Lakewood Farm (George Getz)

Document updated2010-01-14: New elephant
2011-11-25: death reason
2012-02-10: changed exporter
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† Nancy is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Brookfield Zoo, in United States, of accident in 1951-01-19. Official death reason described as hanged by her chain in the dry moat. (see detailed list).


Nancy was born wild 1920, captured 1920 .

Comments / pictures

"Among her credits, Nancy “trumpeted” for an early “talkie” film. In 1940, guests were agog when the zoo announced her pregnancy. That August, reportedly 40,000 people showed up for Nancy’s “baby shower” for which a tent manufacturer, a baker, and the National Dairy Council had donated, respectively, a huge bed jacket, an enormous birthday cake, and a 400-gallon nursing bottle. Later, officials announced sheepishly that Nancy wasn’t pregnant, merely gaining weight."

Nancy was donated to the Brookfield Zoo in 1933, along with the remainder of the animal collection from the closing Lakewood Farm Zoo in Holland, Michigan, owned by George Getz.

"Nancy was found dangling in a moat, hanged by her chain"...George Lewis in Elephant Tramp..(I loved Rogues p.90)

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Nancy, an Asian elephant at Brookfield Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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