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Friday, August 2, 2013


The following photo was taken by Wayne Jackson in Florida in 1990. The animal pictured is an African male owned by Gary Jacobson.

Purchased from the Arthur Jones herd in the late 1980s, Jacobson worked together his two male elephants through the 1990s, African Artie and Asian Smokey.

Courtesy of Karen Glenn, Buckles Blog

Artie was retired in summer 1996 to Scott and Heidi Riddle's elephant sanctuary. Here in Arkansas, Artie was one of the most dominant animals at a facility which held over a dozen male and female elephants of both species. Through the 2000s, the following resided on the property, some females only temporarily though for breeding loan:

Male Africans: Willie, Artie, Solomon, Tuffy, Toby, Digger, Max
Female Africans: Tonga, Felix, Batir, Amy, Joyce, Valerie
Male Asian: Hank
Female Asians: Mary, Booper, Peggy, Anna May, Margaret, Del Rita

Artie & Tonga, Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary, 11/2004
Courtesy of D Ballard

Artie, Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary, 08/2004
Courtesy of R Easley

In late October 2007, Artie, along with female Tonga and her daughter Batir, were sold to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. With the acquisition of these new animals, the zoo's new $8.5 million expansion and renovation of the zoo's elephant and rhino facility housed a herd of seven elephants, including two males. The facility featured a new $2.5 million, 12,000 square foot holding barn and an expanded outdoor enclosure of seven acres.

North Carolina exhibit, 02/2008
Courtesy of R Easley

Jackson Byrd makes several comments about the breeding status of North Carolina's African elephant herd, one of the largest in the country.


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I eagerly anticipate associating with new individuals with an interest or history in elephants, elephant history and elephant record keeping. If you have further information regarding the animals or locations questioned in the article, please leave a comment or message me in an effort to complete their records for elephant historians.