27 March 2019
Now intensively researching how to get the database queries to work with php7. //Dan


Mary at Circus Chipperfield

27 March 2019
Now intensively researching how to get the database queries to work with php7. //Dan

Female ♀ Asian elephant Mary at Circus Chipperfield

Mary in Rome on the set of the film Cleopatra, 1961.
† Mary
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown Notice: Undefined variable: age in /customers/6/2/a/elephant.se/httpd.www/database2.php on line 777 Notice: Undefined variable: age in /customers/6/2/a/elephant.se/httpd.www/database2.php on line 782 maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date:
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Circus Chipperfield
ArrivedCircus Chipperfield 1947-03-03
(Todo: problem fetching history (php7,2 upgrade))
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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