Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Circus Barlay (Olympia, Berolina) in Germany

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Bhutan  dead elephant


EEP nr3002


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1939-02-00
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive, shot on tour in Mannheim by Heinz Heck
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Barlay (Olympia, Berolina), in Germany

Date of arrival

1935-00-00Circus Barlay (Olympia, Berolina)
from Firma Ruhe

1935-00-00Firma Ruhe
from Hannover Zoo

1935-05-00Hannover Zoo
from Firma Ruhe

1934-02-00Firma Ruhe
from Circus Kludsky

Circus Kludsky
from George B. Chapman

Record history
History of updates2010-04-10: Turin 1926
2010-04-16: litterature
2012-06-16: eep records

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Bhutan is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1939-02-00 at Circus Barlay (Olympia, Berolina), in Germany, . Official death reason described as aggressive, shot on tour in Mannheim by Heinz Heck.


Bhutan was born wild .

Comments / pictures

1926: in Turin during a spring carneval, scared by petards and ran through the streets of Turin.

At Kludsky, Bhutan was worked, together with an arab horse, in High School Dressage, by Jose Smaha in the ring.

Records about Bhutan from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Bhutan:

3002 M ???? UNK UNK UNKNOWN ???? NONE Birth BHUTAN
L RUHE ~ 1935 NONE Transfer
HANNOVER ~ May 1935 VII48 Loan to
L RUHE ~ 1935 NONE ltf Transfer

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Bhutan, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Barlay (Olympia, Berolina) in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 August 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Page 207 Wilde Tiere frei Haus by Hermann Ruhe  (in german)
  • "Život v manéži" by Karel Kludský, Václav Cibula, (through Jana Havlová)
  • Page 98,
    Jumbo auf dem Drahtseil - Elefanten dressuren von gestern und heute by Gerhard Zapf
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling

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