Amazon.com Widgets
death
Williams first rode an elephant when he was 4 months old. “He knew their moves, and they knew his moves,” said his mother, Barbara Woodcock, 75. Williams later thrilled crowds as he rode Anna May — billed as the “world’s smartest performing elephant.”

Ben Williams rode to his niche on the backs of elephants

2009-10-08 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Andrew Meacham

The crowd hunkered in the dark as smells of cotton candy and peanuts filled the air. "And now, please welcome …" the ringmaster intoned over a drumroll before the payoff: "Ben Williams and Anna May!" The curtain opened, and in trotted an elephant carrying a blond man in a loincloth. "The crowd would scream," recalled Michael Christensen, a co-founder of Big Apple Circus, where Mr. Williams and his elephants performed. Mr. Williams was a star, and the act never failed. He was so attached to Ann...


 Read more  

blog

Buckles WebLog: From Circus Whitey

2006-11-29 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock and Ole Whitey

Apparently this was taken in Nashville the fall of 1938 when the Barnes-Sells-Floto show with RBBB Features played here. In the background is the old Broad Street viaduct and the flats are being unloaded out of sight to the right, in what we used to call the Kayne Avenue Yards. I had initially thought this an early 1940s pic but you pointed out that the heavily-loaded wagon sides suggested Barnes.


 Read more  

blog

Black Diamond, Monroe Bros. Circus 1925

2006-11-25 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock

This is a picture from my collection, taken the same day and presents a more detailed view of the show. Johnny: Just awesome, those photos of Bill Woodcock, Black Diamond and A.M. Cauble overland circus and amazing to me is this true story. Bear with me. A few years back I booked our family acts with a friend of mine who had a nice canopy type Wild West Show with bucking bulls, bronks, trick riding, etc.


 Read more  

blog

Buckles WebLog: Ladies of the Steel Arena #1 Vol. 4 (From Jim Cole) Harriet Beatty

2006-11-20 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock

This is a picture , taken at the Rochester, Ind. Quarters, of a second act being trained later for Mrs. Beatty. The elephant chosen was "Anna May", namesake of the elephant that was in our family for so many years.
Eddie Allen later told me that this number was really "touch and go" and in fact, at the dress rehearsel the night before the Cole Show's indoor opening in Chicago, "Anna May" unloaded the cats and made an exit right thru the side of the arena.


 Read more  

blog
This unusual picture of the complete herd taken in McCook, Nebraska 1944-07-29

Buckles WebLog: 14 Elephants at Cole Bros. Circus 1944

2006-11-18 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock

For those of you astonished viewers who think I can identify these elephants from the rear, I must confess, my father wrote their names on the back of the picture:1. Blanche 2. Jean 3. Big Babe 4. Big Jenny 5. Louie 6. Little Babe 7. Tony 8. Katie 9. Nellie 10. Wilma 11. Tessie 12. Little Jenny 13. Carrie 14. Trilby.


 Read more  

blog
Jenda Smaha on Safari in Africa

Jenda Smaha Farewell!

2006-11-12 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock

Standing room only at Jenda's funeral today and attended by the absolute cream of Sarasota circus society. This followed by an exquisite catered meal at the Club. The bombshell of this afternoon's soiree came when an announcement was made that the Kelly-Miller Circus had been purchased by none other than John Ringling North III, himself.


 Read more  

blog
Kalli Frank cleaning off Sahib on Circus Knie 1964

European Elephants #1 (Photos and comments from Filipe Von Gilsa)

2006-11-12 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock

I received this very interesting material from Mr. Von Gilsa via Deutsche Post.


 Read more  

blog

Olga Astley with elephant "Rosie" in the 1930"s (Buckles Woodcocks Weblog)

2006-10-17 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Sue Lenz

These are pictures taken of my mother in the 1930's, the elephant she used to present was called "Rosie". After the family finished with the circus, she was sold to the Bristol Zoo where she gave elephant rides for many years.
Mother also had a dog and pony act, as well as an act with geese.


 Read more  

event
Elephant George and Charlie Gray

Charlie Gray Commercial

2006-10-07 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock

Hi Buckles, I saw on the Blog that some people thought we filmed those commercials on Blue Screen and added the girl after, let me assure you we did not. The shots were all done with the little girl right there and George was a little soldier. Here are some of the photos from the shoot. We filmed the beach scene up on Lake Huron and we had to swim George out to a platform and when they shot we had to duck under the water. Lake Huron is cold and it is deep too.
Charlie


 Read more  

blog

"Jumbo" circa 1870

2006-09-01 - Ruskin, Florida, United States. Buckles Woodcock

Just received this from Dave Price. This picture is new to me.


 Read more  

10 Headlines about Elephants from Ruskin, Florida2009-10-08 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Ben Williams rode to his niche on the backs of elephants 2006-11-29 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Buckles WebLog: From Circus Whitey 2006-11-25 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Black Diamond, Monroe Bros. Circus 1925 2006-11-20 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Buckles WebLog: Ladies of the Steel Arena #1 Vol. 4 (From Jim Cole) Harriet Beatty 2006-11-18 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Buckles WebLog: 14 Elephants at Cole Bros. Circus 1944 2006-11-12 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Jenda Smaha Farewell! 2006-11-12 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - European Elephants #1 (Photos and comments from Filipe Von Gilsa) 2006-10-17 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Olga Astley with elephant "Rosie" in the 1930"s (Buckles Woodcocks Weblog) 2006-10-07 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - Charlie Gray Commercial 2006-09-01 - Ruskin, Florida, United States - "Jumbo" circa 1870

20 years on Internet!

ELEPHANT NEWS was created on 2001 in Munich, and relaunched in Phnom Penh in 2020, with almost 8 000 links to news articles about elephants on the Internet

A number of articles now also have a cross reference to the elephant database, either for individuals elephants and/or to an article about the location holding

In the right column, you can also see if an elephant has birthday today, and follow the link to more facts!

death

Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


 Read more  But Share with

Extern Link Read about Vijayalaksmi in the Elephant Database
Extern Link Read about Top Slip Kozhikkamuthy Elephant camp (Annaimalai) in the Elephant Database
conference

3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting to be held in Nepal

2022-04-27 - Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting (AsERSM) will be held in Nepal from April 27. The sole purpose of the meeting is to secure the future of Asian elephants. Delegates from all 13 Asian Elepha...


 Read more  But Share with
zoo

Coming Up Trunks: Elephant Superstud Shows Off His Strength

2022-04-25 - Basel, Switzerland.

African bull elephant Tusker, who sired 13 calves at his previous zoo homes, has become a star attraction at Switzerland's Basel Zoo; not for fatherhood, but for his baffling skills in balancing huge ...


 Read more  But Share with

Extern Link Read about Tusker in the Elephant Database
Extern Link Read about Basel Zoo in the Elephant Database
film

Jawed Karim Posted the First-Ever video on YouTube 17 years ago

2022-04-25 - San Diego, United States.

On 24th April, 17 years ago, a 25-year-old man named Jawed Karim posted the first-ever video on YouTube, launching a service that has since grown to become the go-to hub for video streaming. The low-r...


 Read more  But Share with
Extern Link Read about San Diego Zoo in the Elephant Database
death

Two male elephants from a well-known wildlife sanctuary in Hazyview die while under sedation

2022-04-25 - Nelspruit, South Africa.

Two elephants, Kasper and Kitso, died while under sedation during relocation efforts from the Lowveld to Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in the Western Cape on April 23. According to the owner and ...


 Read more  But Share with

Extern Link Read about Kasper in the Elephant Database
Extern Link Read about Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview in the Elephant Database
misc

No, Viral Video Does Not Show Muslim Man Attempting To Feed Meat To Elephant

2022-04-22 - Malappuram, India.

The viral video was shared with the claim that the Muslim man from Kerela attempted to provide the elephant with meat to consume. Social media users mocking alleged that it was an attempt to convert t...


 Read more  But Share with

Extern Link Read about Kolakkadan Mini in the Elephant Database
Extern Link Read about Abdul Nassar Kolakkadan in the Elephant Database
misc

Twin elephant calves born in Bandipur saved from drowning moments after birth

2022-04-21 - , India.

Ramesh Kumar, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said a few tourists on a safari and staff saw a pregnant elephant near the old reception centre. As the safari van waited, the elephant heaved itself an...


 Read more  But Share with
conservation

UP: Dudhwa to get own elephant reserve

2022-04-17 - , India.

Dudhwa would soon have its own dedicated elephant reserve named as Terai Elephant Reserve (TER). The proposed Terai Elephant Reserve in Dudhwa would comprise Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (800 sq kms), Dudhw...


 Read more  But Share with
medical

Experts begin treatment of aged elephant at ATR camp

2022-04-17 - , India.

Four veterinary experts have started treatment of Vijayalakshmi, a 72-year-old female elephant housed at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, which has been suffering from dig...


 Read more  But Share with

Extern Link Read about Vijayalaksmi in the Elephant Database
Extern Link Read about Top Slip Kozhikkamuthy Elephant camp in the Elephant Database
conservation

Adjustments to elephant conservation plan approved

2022-04-16 - , Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has approved adjustments to an elephant conservation plan in Vietnam that was previously signed off for 2013-2020. Under the decision, the scheme will be implemented...


 Read more  But Share with
film

Elephant Keeper

2022-04-16 - Austin, United States.

Austin, Texas-based activist filmmaker Kate Kirby’s documentary explores the relationship between a mahout and the 60-year-old elephant he tends at a Laotian elephant conservation center.


 Read more  But Share with
Extern Link Read about Laos Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) in the Elephant Database
facility

More escort elephants must not be allowed at temple festivals: High Court

2022-04-15 - Kochi, India.

The High Court has directed that the government\'s order not to allow more escort elephants than existing ones must be complied with in festivals and other functions at temples under the Travancore De...


 Read more  But Share with

Extern Link Read about Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan in the Elephant Database
Extern Link Read about Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) in the Elephant Database
conflict

elephant handler is grabbed by the scruff of the neck and forced to kneel at an elephant’s feet after repeatedly beating the animal in the head with a sharp hook in Thailand

2022-04-14 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The keeper Peerapat, 18, pierced Chan's thick leathery skin with the bullhook and caused the elephant so much pain that his legs collapsed. Chan Chao is now being treated by local vets with deep cuts ...


 Read more  But Share with
Extern Link Read about Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal in the Elephant Database
relocation

Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

2022-04-14 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Two years after pledging 500 elephants to Mozambique as a gift, Botswana says the animals are set to be translocated in the near future. This was revealed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during a three...


 Read more  But Share with
Extern Link Read about Gorongosa National Park in the Elephant Database
relocation

Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility

2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

Two much loved elephants at Belfast Zoo are to leave for a new home the City Council has confirmed on Wednesday. Asian elephants Dunja and Yheeto – both in their 40s - are among the largest resident...


 Read more  But Share with
Extern Link Read about Belfast Zoo in the Elephant Database
conflict

Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda

2022-04-12 - Fort Portal, Uganda.

A Colombian researcher has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Uganda's Kibale National Park. Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routin...


 Read more  But Share with
Extern Link Read about Kibale_National_Park in the Elephant Database
conflict

Elephant tramples mahout to death in Thiruvananthapuram

2022-04-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A mahout was trampled to death by an elephant that ran amok on Monday at Mukkukada near Navayikkulam in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district. Unni, a native of Vellannoor, was killed by the elephant w...


 Read more  But Share with
conflict

Accident in Prague Zoo"s "Elephant Valley" seriously injures breeder

2022-04-11 - Prague, Czech Republic. Raymond Johnston

A Prague Zoo employee was injured by an elephant over the weekend. The 31-year-old zoo employee had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her pelvis, chest, and arm. The incident took place earl...


 Read more  But Share with

Extern Link Read about Tamara in the Elephant Database
Extern Link Read about Prague Zoo in the Elephant Database
conservation

Elephant count in Tamil Nadu rose by 800 in five years

2022-04-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

xperts from the Forest College and Research Institute in Mettupalayam have told a committee constituted to probe the reasons for the death of wild elephants, especially young ones, over the past year ...


 Read more  But Share with
film

A film on Malasar tribes of Anamalai

2022-04-08 - Pollachi, India.

Malasar, a six-minute conservation film, narrated by actor Nasser, shows not just the sacred bond between elephants and the Malasar tribes of the Anamalai Hills but also the need to protect the tribes...


 Read more  But Share with
Extern Link Read about Top Slip Kozhikkamuthy Elephant camp (Annaimalai) in the Elephant Database


Back in history: 1 2 3 » »»

Elephant News

ELEPHANT NEWS

Established 2001
Search for keywords


Locations of visitors to this page Editor Dan KoehlGuestbookArchive+1995-2021 Latest headlinesBy countriesBy locationsElephant BooksSubmit NewsContact EditorAbout elephant-news.comLink to us!Links to newssitesTo Elephant FactsHeadlines