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Remembering when giant circus elephants paraded through Cambridge

This example featured Robert Brothers’ pachyderms - said to be the largest troupe in Europe at the time.

2022-03-30 - Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Elephants were another iconic symbol of circuses during this era. These images from almost 50 years ago show when these incredible beasts roamed the streets of Cambridge as part of the circus. Rather than coming by road, these elephants arrived by train at Cambridge railway station before embarking on their journey through the city. Crowds young, old and everything in between flocked to the station and lined the streets to witness the giant animals in person. Most commonly seen in Cambridge in t...


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Armpits, the circus and more: A dozen historic photos taken on April Fool"s Day: 1963: RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS ELEPHANT

2021-04-01 - New York City, United States.

A Ringling Brothers Circus elephant walks out of a train car as young children watch in the Bronx railroad yard in New York City, April 1, 1963. The circus opens in Madison Square Garden April 3 for a 40-day engagement.


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A Craven diary: When Buffalo Bill and performing elephants and lions came to town

2021-04-01 - Craven, United Kingdom. Lesley Tate

ROBERT Brothers Mammoth Zoo Circus was preparing to give Craven folk the time of their lives 75 years ago in 1946. Amongst the 20 ‘star acts’ were Buffalo Bill ‘ in person’ and Marharannne, an Indian performing elephant.


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Elephant duel sparks chaos at Russian circus: Spectators flee their seats as beast floors its rival and tries to trample her at the side of the ring

2021-03-22 - Kazan, Russian Federation.

Elephant trainers tried desperately to separate the brawling giants after an Indian female named Jenny butted another named Magda and knocked her to the ground. She then tried to trample her floored rival at the edge of the ring, prompting the audience to abandon their seats and pour out of the circus in Kazan.


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Gerry Cottle dead: Circus legend who ran away at 15 is killed by coronavirus

2021-01-14 - Bath, United Kingdom. Vikki White

Gerry Cottle, who died in hospital in Bath this week aged 75 after contracting coronavirus, became one of Britain’s best known kings of the Big Top. From virtually nothing he went on to run a string of circuses all over the world. Cottle retired from travelling entertainment in 2003 and bought Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset, adding a clown museum and circus school to the tourist attraction


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Arrival of Billy Smart"s Circus in Weymouth in 1961

2020-12-10 - Weymouth, United Kingdom.

These pictures were taken in 1961 and show Billy Smart's Circus arriving in town. They were taken by the bridge opposite Knightsdale Road by the Marsh, where the Big Top would be pitched and the circus would be held. There seem to be four elephants in the picture, coming through the tunnel trunk to tail carrying some rather fancily dressed elephant riders who are waving to the crowds.


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The day elephants enjoyed a bath on Perranporth beach

Two elephants, believed to be from a travelling circus, bathing at Perranporth beach in the 1930s or 40s.

2020-11-29 - Cornwall, United Kingdom.

The incredible picture above, which was previously shared with Cornwall Live by Perranzabuloe Museum, reappeared on Facebook this week, on The North Coast page, bringing back memories to locals. It is not known whether the photograph, which was passed to the museum in a collection of old images and memorabilia, showed the same two elephants that Mr Philps met when he was young. In England, there has been a ban on wild-animal circuses since January 2020.


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MPs to vote on circus elephant ‘deportation’, minister wants to move Buba to France

2020-11-27 - Haag, Netherlands.

The fate of the Netherlands’ last circus elephant lies in the hands of farm minister Carola Schouten, who will decide next week if the animal should stay with the circus family who own her, or if she should be moved to a sanctuary in France. MPs are due to vote on the issue on Tuesday after a motion was filed by CDA MP Martijn van Helvert and the anti-immigration PVV to halt the move. They argue it would be cruel to move the elephant to a new location.


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The year four top-flight circuses came to Cedar Rapids

2020-10-20 - Cedar Rapids, United States. Joe Coffey, The History Center

The Van Amburgh circus that came to Cedar Rapids was run by his longtime manager, Hyatt Frost. It boasted its three tents held “300 men and horses,” the “largest elephant in captivity” and a “double company of star performers.”


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The Circus Was Born in Putnam County

2020-10-10 - New York, United States.

The Putnam County Historian’s Office, in partnership with Southeast Museum, recently created a virtual exhibit called Historic Putnam County & the Birth of the American Circus from the early days of Old Bet, an elephant rented out by Nathan Howes of Southeast, to the development of menageries, and Seth B. Howes’ addition of acrobats and clowns that eventually all performed in a ring under a big top.


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Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium’s elephant calf dies at age 2

2024-02-15 - Pittsburgh, United States.

The zoo said Tsuni died Thursday after a sudden, brief battle with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Her EEHV was detected through routine blood testing on Feb. 8, even though she presente...


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Farewell to Seoul"s oldest elephant passing at age of 59

2024-02-15 - Seoul, South Korea.

The oldest female elephant in South Korea passed away Tuesday at a zoo in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, at the age of 59, zoo officials said Thursday. The female elephant, named Sakura, had suffered fr...


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A star is born: Baby elephant debuts

2024-01-30 - Bangalore, India.

The Bannerghatta Biological Park is brimming with excitement as it welcomes a delightful new addition—a baby boy elephant calf. This adorable arrival brings the elephant count in the Bannerghatta zo...


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Guruvayur Kannan, nine-time winner of elephant race, dies at 62

2024-01-27 - Guruvayur, India.

Elephant Kannan, of the Guruvayur Devaswom Elephant Camp, a nine-time winner of the festival-related elephant race, has passed away. His demise was around 5:30 pm on Saturday. The tusker's age at the ...


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A baby elephant is found dead

2024-01-27 - Koh Nhek, Cambodia.

Villagers found a baby elephant dead in Koh Nhek district, Mondulkiri province in the middle of the forest​ on January 26, 2024, suspected of being shot. Mondulkiri Provincial department of environm...


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Discoveries: The Evolutionary Edge of Elephant Trunks and Ancient Giants

2024-01-13 - Beijing, China.

A recent study published in the journal eLife has uncovered new findings on the development of dextrous trunks by indigenous elephants. According to Dr. Shi-Qi Wang, a senior author of the research, t...


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Alleged poaching kills 46-year-old Sumatran elephant in Riau park

2024-01-13 - Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

The Tesso Nilo National Park in Pelalawan District, Riau Province, again lost one of its Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) after a poacher allegedly killed it for its tusks. The 46-year...


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Celebration of Elephants: A Must-see New Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

2024-01-11 - New York, United States.

In a narrow but sprawling curatorial space at the uptown museum, The Secret World of Elephants, now opened, tells the story of elephant species and their relatives through life-size models, videos, gr...


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Workshop On Handling Human-Wildlife Conflicts

2024-01-11 - Mysore, India.

In response to the escalating threat posed by leopards, elephants and other wild animals in the Mysuru region, specialised task forces have been established to address the situation. A dedicated Leopa...


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Los Angeles Zoo mourns loss of 53-year-old Asian elephant Shaunzi

2024-01-04 - Los Angeles, United States.

The Los Angeles Zoo is grieving the death of 53-year-old Asian elephant Shaunzi. Zoo staff observed that Shaunzi was unable to stand up in her exhibit at around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, according t...


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