Mary at Circus Chipperfield

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Mary at Circus Chipperfield

Mary in Rome on the set of the film Cleopatra, 1961.
† Mary
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date:
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Circus Chipperfield
ArrivedCircus Chipperfield 1947-03-03
Born: wild Sri Lanka
Document updated2010-04-23 birth country
2010-06-10: text, picture
2011-11-27: text
2012-09-17: death year unknown
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.



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.

Sources, among others

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

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