Mandarin an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Barnum and Baileys circus European tour

☨ Mandarin
ID nr:   SSP Number: 1 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 48 years old
Dead date: 1902-11-08
Death reason: killed: by drowning outside the New York Harbor
Location:Barnum and Baileys circus European tour
ArrivalBarnum and Baileys circus European tour 1897-00-00
from Barnum and Bailey Circus
Barnum and Bailey Circus
from Barnum and London Circus
Barnum and London Circus 1881-00-00
from Cooper and Bailey Circus
Cooper and Bailey Circus 1878-00-00
from Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie
Born:* 1854 wild Sri Lanka
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 2 babies

  1. (unknown) 1875-05-31 -- † <1875-06-01 Joe
  2. (F) 1880-03-10 -- † 1907-11-08 Columbia (Young America), SSP nr: 3
Document updated2009-03-25: Death, Text
2009-11-14: text
2012-08-28: corr prev locations
From the Ceylon-import 1871.

The famous elephant trainer George M. Bates considered Mandarin,the worst elephant ever brought to America. However Mandarin did the yeomans work of the Barnum herd. When he was killed and sent to the bottom of New York Harbour off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in November 1902, he was reportedly worth twelve thousand dollars (thats 1902 American dollars).
Barnum & Bailey Elephant Herd/ European Tour, Buckles Web Log, 2005-10-04

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Mandarin, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Barnum and Baileys circus European tour in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.

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