Thursday, December 22, 2011

Elephant Keepers--London Zoo


Anonymous said...

If you're interested, this is the famous bull "Jumbo", during his younger years, along with his keeper Matthew Scott.

Wade G. Burck said...

Of course I am interested. I had no idea this was Jumbo. The keeper looked familiar, but I couldn't place him. Thank you for the information. Who are you, if I may ask?


Andy said...

Hi Wade,

I'm the anonymous that left the comment. Researching captive elephants has always been a hobby of mine and I like collecting books/materials on the subject.

I don't know if you're aware of this book, titled "London Zoo from old photographs", but it contains fascinating images from 1852-1914 of the old London Zoo.....54 pages just on their elephants alone.

Regarding Suffa Culli's ear, there is a photo of her as a calf and she seems to have normal shaped ears. It seems that some tissue was lost later on in life which resulted in the odd looking adult ears.


Wade G. Burck said...

If she had "normal" shaped ears as a younger, by the looks of them in the picture as an adult we might assume that they were frozen at some point, sloughing the outer edges.