Death 15 Sep 1885 (aged 23–24)
St. Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial Site* St. Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada

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Memorial ID 10472 · View Source
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Circus Animal. Born in the wild of the French Sudan. Jumbo's life began by his Mother being killed and infant Jumbo being captured by elephant hunter Taher Sheriff. Baby Jumbo was sold to an Italian animal dealer and arrived with other captured animals in Europe. Soon after, he was imported to France and kept in the Paris zoo, here Jumbo is neglected due to a more popular elephant pair Castor and Pollux. In June of 1865 Jumbo is shipped to England. He is in poor physical condition. He is ill, dirty and emaciated from maltreatment. Between 1865 and 1867 Jumbo is nursed back to health by his trainer Matthew Scott, aka ‘Scotty.' It is now that Jumbo is named. Jumbo was small upon arrival, but he continues to grow, reaching dimensions of 12 feet in height, 14 feet in length, 18 feet around and seven ton. He becomes a popular fixture at the Zoological Gardens. He begins giving rides to children. This is the start of the zoo's most popular activity. Jumbo was sold in November 1881 to the Barnum & Bailey Circus, he finally reaches New York in April of 1882. Barnum exhibited the elephant at Madison Square Garden. He is transported across the United States with the circus in his own train car called ‘Jumbo's Palace Car.' In September of 1885 Jumbo died at a railway classification yard in Canada at St. Thomas, Ontario, where he was hit and fatally wounded by a locomotive, Jumbo was walking on the tracks to get to his Palace train car to be loaded.

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