Friday, August 31, 2007

Assorted elephant pictures #7

#2a Ringling, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

Written on the back:
"Ringling pygmy bulls 1934"

This date is incorrect, these three Africans arrived in 1936. The male "Congo" died after the first season.



Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this photo. I have seen other pictures of these young elephants with the long tusks. But this is the first one that apparently has not been retouched.

Don Bloomer

Anonymous said...

Richard Reynolds says - -

Here we see in male Congo a perfect example of the distinctive looking forest elephant. It is now considered a totally separate species. Note the very rounded ears and the “straight down” tusks. As Buckles mentioned Congo did only that 1936 tour before dying at Sarasota qtrs. in early 1937.

The elephant to his right is Pourquois (Puqua), another true forest elephant. She died in the poisoning incident in Atlanta in 1941. The one with her back to the camera is Sudan but she was a common bush elephant with larger fan-like ears. When she grew to adulthood she had none of the characteristics of the forest elephants.

I bought this same print some 40 to 45 years ago from Bob Sams in Birmingham. He was once a major player in the now almost extinct market for old circus photos. It was once a widespread and popular hobby among circus aficionados.