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The Death of Jumbo
Reunion of Alice and Jumbo, a painting in progress
Barnum's Winter Quarters Burn
Elephants in Our Midst
Topsy: An Elephant Never Forgets
Elephant Links
The Death of Jumbo

After three years of traveling with 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' Barnum lost his super star on Tuesday, September 15, 1885 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Jumbo, while walking back to the circus train on the main line of the Grand Trunk railway, was hit and killed by a freight train. The ever-practical Barnum, having previously arranged for Professor Henry A. Ward, head of Ward's natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York, to mount Jumbo's hide and his skeleton, promptly exhibited the remains of his star.

The Circus in America

The Death of Jumbo and his best friend
the Dwarf Clown Elephant Tom Thumb
, 2007.
oil on canvas, 30 x 42"

The crowd cut off souveniers from Jumbo's body, 2008. oil on canvas
Elephant Slaughter in Sudan

Caption: The Janjuweed (Death on Horseback) using high powered rifles slaughter 100 elephants in one afteroon to sell the ivory to China. The money buys more weapons for the war in Darfur.
all work © Sue Coe