Casey an Asian elephant at Fort Worth Zoo

♂ Casey


SSP nr503


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 50 years old
Management:Protected contact

People killed:1
Born:* 1971 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1974
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2008-01-22
(dead † 2008-01-22)
stillborn SSP id: 702
Present / last location:Fort Worth Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2005-11-14Fort Worth Zoo
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation 1989-03-00
from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Africa) 1988-00-00
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) 1975-00-00
from Carson and Barnes Circus

Document updated2009-04-26: Management, Text RE
2010-01-31: Text RE
2010-10-11: Previous locations, Text, Mankiller, RE
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Casey is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), located at Fort Worth Zoo, in United States.

Casey arrived Fort Worth Zoo 2005-11-14, relocated from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, in United States.

In Fort Worth Zoo, Casey lives together with 7 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Angel born 1988-12-30
  2. ,
  3. Belle (Bluebelle) born 2013-07-07
  4. ,
  5. Bluebonnet born 1998-12-16
  6. ,
  7. Bowie born 2013-08-05
  8. ,
  9. Colonel Tusk (Boy) born 1991-04-04
  10. ,
  11. Rasha born 1971
  12. ,
  13. Romeo born 1993-01-10
  14. , (see detailed list).


Total: 1 babies

  1. (unknown) 2008-01-22 -- † 2008-01-22 stillborn SSP id: 702


Casey was born wild 1971, captured 1974 .

Comments / pictures

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

Groucho would be sold from the Bronx Zoo to begin the Fort Worth Zoo's elephant breeding program in April 1986. Before his transfer, Groucho sired the only calf born at the Bronx Zoo with Patti, a male named Astor. Astor died at 16 months old of the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus.
While in Texas, Groucho bred two different females to give birth to three calves. Babe gave birth to stillborn twin calves in June 1996. In December 1998, Rasha gave birth to the first live calf at the Fort Worth Zoo, a female named Bluebonnet.
After Groucho failed to continue to breed the Fort Worth Zoo received a second bull to restart a breeding program. Casey arrived in November 2005 from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation.
Casey quickly bred after introductions with the females. In January 2008, Babe went into labor. However, the oversize calf would not enter the birth canal, killing both the calf and the mother.

On February 5, 1989, Casey crushed and killed his handler. The next month, the seventeen year old male was sold to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for its breeding program.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Casey, an Asian elephant at Fort Worth Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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