Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Circus Chipperfield in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Mary  dead elephant
Mary in Rome on the set of the film Cleopatra, 1961.
Mary in Rome on the set of the film Cleopatra, 1961.



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown age
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Imported:1947 by Circus Chipperfield
Freight:by ship "Trevlor"
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Chipperfield, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1947-03-03Circus Chipperfield
from Tilbury Docks

1947-00-00Tilbury Docks
from Port of Colombo

1947-00-00Port of Colombo
from Sri Lanka unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2024-03-08

Latest document update2021-09-16 18:35:24
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† Mary is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Circus Chipperfield, in United Kingdom, .


Mary was born wild at Sri Lanka unspecified location. and imported 1947 by Circus Chipperfield, by ship "Trevlor"

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With the help of the owner of Kamala's Circus, Chipperfield toured outlying villages to find elephants and bargain for purchases. First elephant was purchased and named Kamala in respect. Mary and 5 year old Dahlia purchased next. Dahlia was still being trained by Mary, chained to her while working on a rubber plantation. (Pamela Macgregor-Morris, Chipperfield's Circus)

1963: Mary was one of the elephants used in the film Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

1965-1968: On tour with Chipperfields Circus in South Africa.

Mary in Circus Chipperfield

South West India Docks, 1968: Four elephants returning from a Chipperfields Circus tour of South Africa. Left to Right: Sally, Lelia, Mary and Camella in the sling.

1976-1980: Mary died, before Leila and Sally.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Mary, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Chipperfield in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Pamela Macgregor-Morris, Chipperfield's Circus, published 1957
  • Jim Stockley, South Africa

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