Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
San Diego Zoo in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo)  dead elephant


SSP nr491


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 39 years old

People killed:1
Born:* 1900 captive-born
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location

Parents: x ♀ Veneda
Imported:1902 by Firma Carl Hagenbeck
Dead: 1939
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive
Locations - owners
Present / last location:San Diego Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

1937-10-01San Diego Zoo
from Cole Brothers Circus

1935-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
from William P. Hall Animal Farm

1928-00-00William P. Hall Animal Farm
from Unknown

from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)

1903-00-00Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)
from Campbell, Bailey & Hutchinson Circus

1920-00-00Campbell, Bailey & Hutchinson Circus 1920-00-00
from William P. Hall Animal Farm

1919-00-00William P. Hall Animal Farm
from R.T. Richards Circus

1917-00-00R.T. Richards Circus
from Wheeler Brothers Circus

1916-00-00Wheeler Brothers Circus
from Barton and Bailey Circus

1915-00-00Barton and Bailey Circus
from William P. Hall Animal Farm

1911-00-00William P. Hall Animal Farm
from Ringling Bros. Circus

1903-00-00Ringling Bros. Circus
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt)

1902-00-00Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt)
from Port of Colombo

1902-00-00Port of Colombo
from Sri Lanka unspecified location

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History of updates2022-01-28

Latest document update2021-09-15 17:45:16
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† Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1939 at San Diego Zoo, in United States, . Official death reason described as aggressive.


Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo) was born captive-born 1900 at Sri Lanka unspecified location. and imported 1902 by Firma Carl Hagenbeck


Parents of Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo) are: ♂ (father) and ♀ Veneda (mother).


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"One of the most memorable events during Souder's career was the delivery of "Vanita" from the Hagenbeck Zoo in 1903 along with her nursing calf. The Ringlings couldn't resist the temptation of announcing she was born in winter quarters, hence the name "Baby Baraboo".
She eventually developed an evil disposition and was sold to Wm. P. Hall in 1911 who leased her to a variety of shows until she was sold by the Hall Estate to the new Cole Bros. Circus in 1935.
My father was around her (now called "Boo") when he worked for Hall and told me of many adventures they had."

Perl Souder #3, Buckles Web Log, 05/14/06

Leo Crook and Arthur Hoffman leased four elephants from Hall for the Cook and Cole Circus in 1927. In this Herd were two famous elephants, old Major and Boo. Boo was originally Baby Baraboo on the Ringling Bros. Circus in 1903. She was sold to Hall about 1917, along with the Lockhart pair. When the Cook and Cole show closed after playing twelve dates, the four bulls were shipped back to Lancaster.
William P. Hall By Fred D. Pfening, III. Bandwagon, Vol. 10, No. 6 (Nov-bDec), 1966, pp. 4-17.

Records about Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo) from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
In 1937, the Cole Bros. Circus gave the Zoo two female elephants: Tommy and the infamous Boo. Soon tiring of Boo’s homicidal tendencies, Wegeforth had her executed.

William "Buckles" Woodcock
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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Baby Boo (Baby Baraboo), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at San Diego Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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  • In 1937, the Cole Bros. Circus gave the Zoo two female elephants: Tommy and the infamous Boo. Soon tiring of Boo’s homicidal tendencies, Wegeforth had her executed.

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