Ruth (Linco)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Bailey Brothers Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ruth (Linco)  dead elephant
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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1944
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Bailey Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1944-00-00Bailey Brothers Circus
from Columbian Park Zoo

1928-00-00Columbian Park Zoo
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus

1925-00-00Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
from John Robinson Circus

1916-00-00John Robinson Circus
from Howes Great London Circus (Mugivan and Bowers)

Record history
History of updates2012-05-23

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Ruth (Linco) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1944 at Bailey Brothers Circus, in United States, .


Ruth (Linco) was born wild .

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Records about Ruth (Linco) from Bob Cline

RUTH Female Asian
1914 to 1915 - Howe's Great London circus
1916 to 1924 - John Robinson Circus
1925 to 1927 - Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1928 to 1943 - Lafayette, IND. Zoo
1944 - Bailey Bros. Circus
Died winter of 1944.
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

"In 1928, the main Animal House was constructed, which is still standing today! One of the first inhabitants of the Animal House was "Linco" the elephant, who was purchased from the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in Peru, Indiana. Nearly 10,000 school students in Lafayette and West Lafayette raised more than $2,000 toward the purchase of the elephant, then named "Ruth." Lincoln School students exceeded their school's fundraising quota and earned the honor of renaming the elephant to Linco." //Columbian Park Zoo
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ruth (Linco), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Bailey Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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