Vance (Doc) an Asian elephant at Bowmanville Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Vance (Doc)  
Vance. Bowmanville Zoo 2005. Photo: © Francis Lavigne
Vance. Bowmanville Zoo 2005. Photo: © Francis Lavigne


SSP nr272


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 37 years old
Status:foot problems
Born:* 1971 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1972
Dead date: 2008-02-00
Death reason: euthanised: leg problems
Present / last location:Bowmanville Zoo, in Canada

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1988-09-21Bowmanville Zoo
from Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain)
Trunks and Humps (Bill Swain) 1980-00-00
from Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)
Have Trunk Will Travel (Gary and Kari Johnson)
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Florida
Lion Country Safari, Inc - Florida 1972-00-00
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills

Document updated2008-12-28: Image
2009-04-04: Previous locations, Name, Text
2009-04-12: Text
2009-04-29: Previous locations, Text, Image
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† Vance (Doc) is a dead foot problems Male ♂ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Bowmanville Zoo, in Canada, of euthanised in 2008-02-00. Official death reason described as leg problems. (see detailed list).


Vance (Doc) was born wild 1971, captured 1972 .

Comments / pictures

It was the opionion of Rex Williams that Vance was the best looking elephant in North America.

In the late 70's bought 3 little males from Gary Johnson Bimbo now called Rex, Vance and Casey, without much knowledge of elephants. My dad went on to work Vance and Casey for the next 10 years or so.
Mike Swain, 2008-08-27

In 1990, Vance was doing a hindleg walk and broke one of his rear legs. A sling device was constructed for him while it healed.

In 1972, the Laguna Hills Lion Country Safari in California imported seven Asian calves and dubbed them the "Seven Dwarves." They came from Thailand and cost $800 per elephant. Shortly thereafter they were transferred to the West Palm Beach Lion Country Safari in Florida, minus one that died beforehand.
Sneezy (SB160) was sold to the Memphis Zoo in July 1974 and has resided at the Tulsa Zoo since 1977. Happy (SB208) and Grumpy (SB168) were sold to the Bronx Zoo in March 1977. Happy still lives there with two other females Asian elephants, whereas Grumpy died in 2002. Dopey (SB148, later renamed Cindy) and Bashful (SB151, later renamed Jaz) were sold to Howard Johnson in May 1978 and transferred to his son Gary Johnson of Have Trunk Will Travel in 1987, eventually joining the George Carden Circus in 1993 where they still perform today. Doc (SB272, later renamed Vance) was sold to Bill Swain in June 1980, sold again to Mike Hackenberger of the Bowmanville Zoo eight years later, and died in 2007. The last dwarf, Sleepy, was the calf that never left California.

"These two males are "Vance" with ivory and "Casey" at age 17 or 18 years old in 1986. My dad sold the males in late 80's. "Vance" to Bowmanville Zoo and "Casey" is at the Fort Worth Zoo." //Mike Swain

"The gentleman standing to the left is Richard "Army" Maguire. The best elephant trainer in my opinion out there. Next to him is one year old Ceasar, seventeen year old Vance than my dad. I wish I had more pics of Army, but when he was around he was trying to teach me things. Which was harder then training the elephant most of the time." //Mike Swain

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Vance (Doc), an Asian elephant at Bowmanville Zoo in Canada. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 June 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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