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

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Camella (Kamala)  dead elephant
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.
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.
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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 28 years old
Born:* 1941 wild
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Imported:1947 by Circus Chipperfield
Freight:by ship "Trevlor"
Dead: 1969
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Chipperfield, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1947-03-03Circus Chipperfield
from Tilbury Docks

1947-03-03Tilbury Docks
from Port of Colombo

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

Record history
History of updates2010-04-23: birth country
2010-06-10: text, picture.
2011-11-27: text
2011-11-27: birth year
2011-12-04: prev location
2021-09-16: Importer Circus Chipperfield

Latest document update2021-09-16 18:36:44
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† Camella (Kamala) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1969 at Circus Chipperfield, in United Kingdom, .


Camella (Kamala) was born wild 1941 at Sri Lanka unspecified location. and imported 1947 by Circus Chipperfield, by ship "Trevlor"

Comments / pictures

The first elephant, a "very good one," was purchased from this circus. She was subsequently named Kamala after the show.

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)

Another video describes Kamala as nine years old in September 1950. //Ryan Easley, 2011

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

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Camella (Kamala), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Chipperfield in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 8 June 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5693. (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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Categories1969 deaths | 1941 births | Born in Sri Lanka | 1947 imports | Elephants from Circus Chipperfield | United Kingdom | Asian elephants

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