Talk:List of individual elephants

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Including Joseph Merrick on a "List of famous elephants" is completely repulsive. Merrick was a man. He suffered from proteus syndrome. Yes, he was called "The Elephant" man by a circus promoter, but there was nothing elephant about him. Kingturtle 00:53 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)

Does Snuffelufucus count as a fictional elephant? If so, how do you actually spell it? His history is actually interesting in that he stopped being an imaginary friend to Big Bird because it was confusing to kids and considered educationally unsound. Danny

His name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus. I don't think he's supposed to be an elephant though... just an elephant-like creature. -- goatasaur
he is elephant-like, but has no tusks. and i liked him better when he was bigbird's imaginary friend. alas. Kingturtle 01:00 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)
"Fictional elephant-like things" heaheahaeaaaheeahah!!!! Kingturtle 01:04 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)

But seriously, are Oliphant and Oliphaunt different or the same? Kingturtle 01:22 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)

Oliphant the Elephant is a song on a Tiny Tim album. And it's about an elephant. Actually, a google search only shows 5 matches so I guess it's not that famous. Perhaps it should be struck off the list. -Nommo
We could make a new article called "List of elephants that weren't famous until their names appeared on this list of elephants that weren't famous until their names appeared on this list." or....we could just keep Oliphant the Elephant on this current article. Kingturtle 01:28 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)
I like the former. -Nommo

A question for the ages: was Snorky an elephant, or an elephant-like thing?!?!?! -- Someone else 02:09 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)

Look here [1] . now you tell me. Kingturtle 02:11 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)
That's a simplified Snorky!!! The Snorky I remember had the typical "Kroft" feather-hair all over, and I'm not sure he was grey. I'll look for a genuine Snorky ref<G>. -- Someone else 02:17 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)
on the basis of this photo I'm prepared to concede that Snorky is [1] mostly grey and [2] a fictional elephant rather than merely elephant-like. But it's close<G>! -- Someone else 02:20 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)
it never occurred to me before, but what exactly are the other animals represented in the Banana splits? Kingturtle 02:23 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)
Well, one's an ape of some sort, but beyond that I'd say all bets are off... Would you believe dog, lion, gorilla, elephant? -- Someone else 02:25 Apr 14, 2003 (UTC)

Restoring full list of elephants. There's no need to delete fictional elephants from this list. Also reclassifying some in terms of "fiction". -- Someone else 00:31 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)

I did not delete fictional elephants -- I moved them to List of fictional elephants. -- Timwi 01:01 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)
You deleted them from the list of famous elephants, copied them to the list of fictional elephants, and then renamed this page to list of historical elephants, in the process misclassifying several. See Talk:List of fictional elephants. The things listed here are alike in being elephants, which is a more important reason for them to classify them together than being fictional or non-fictional is for them to be separated. -- Someone else 01:07 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)
How does this argument not apply to all the other animals? -- Timwi 01:13 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)
It does. It's silly to have separate lists for "fiction" and "non-fiction": the lists combined are not too long for a single article, and there's no benefit to having them on separate pages. -- Someone else 01:16 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)
Point taken. Although I'd really rather wait for more people to voice their opinions, I won't stop you if you wish to combine all of the fictional and non-fictional lists. I don't have strong feelings about combining or separating them; I only strive to achieve consistency. -- Timwi 01:25 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)
P.S. I'm going to bed, so you're on your own :-)))))) -- Timwi 01:25 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)
I'm more than willing to listen to other voices of reason on the subject. Consistency is fine, but it's clear to me that one of the (relatively few <G>) justifications for lists like this is seeing things in interesting juxtapositions, which is defeated by separating them. -- Someone else 02:23 19 Jun 2003 (UTC)

Please have a look at the title-change discussion at Talk:List_of_historical_animals#Historical or Historic ?. Not many seem to have that page in their watchlist. Jay 21:08, 14 Jan 2004 (UTC)

I plan to remove the word "historical" from the article name. See Talk:List_of_historical_animals for further discussion. Jay 08:39, 12 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Hannibal's army of war elephants[edit]

  1. Two separate descriptions were made into one.
  2. The Latin word "Suros" was changed to a more orthographic form --Surus--.

Toby (YebisYa) IQUEPPE 18:36, 2004 Nov 23 (UTC)

Please add Packy!!![edit]

I really think that the Oregon Zoo's Packy should be on the list, as he was the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere for many decades, and the first in a 'modern zoo'. CFLeon 01:26, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

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I would have, but there's a lock on the article that prevents it being edited. CFLeon 22:29, 3 August 2006 (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure why full protection was necessary (there was not that much Colbert vandalism) but it is now semi-protected, if that helps. -- ALoan (Talk) 22:45, 3 August 2006 (UTC)
"Colbert vandalism?" CFLeon 06:29, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2006-08-07/Wikiality. -- ALoan (Talk) 10:42, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Separate lists?[edit]

Would it perhaps be a good idea to split this list into two subsections by Asian & African? CFLeon 06:29, 8 August 2006 (UTC)


Is it really correct to refer to the "execution" of elephants who were responsible for the deaths of their keepers? Surely "put to death" or "euthanized" are more appropriate? --ukexpat 18:59, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

'Euthanized' has a completely different intended meaning. 'Put to death' may be appropriate, but awlfully wordy and also gives the impression of just being shot. What is the problem with 'execution? However unfair, or politically non-correct it may be nowadays, that was certainly the intent at the time by the people involved. What's unusual was the method of hanging, rather that just being shot. CFLeon 03:32, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
  • If the intent is clearly punitive or vengeful, then "execution" is accurate. If the intent is unclear or controversial, "killed" would probably suffice. --Dystopos 03:56, 23 August 2007 (UTC)


Was Tyke marrying Dallas Beckwith or was Allen marrying Dallas Beckwith? 13:38, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Salt and Sauce[edit]

These two elephants were perhaps the most famous elephants in British history. I have added them since creating the article. - Byshee

In Spain[edit]

I have recently read that some elephant in the court of the king of Spain was so famous that a writer (Tomás de Iriarte?) wished he would be half as famous as it? I have not been able to find where I read about it? Do you have an idea what I'm talking about?


I can find no evidence of the existence of the claimed "Ayed, female elephant favoured by Tipoo Sultan the Tiger of Mysore. She was killed in 1799: the British cut her heels to make her kneel even though suspected to be pregnant[clarification needed] but the dignity of the elephant was such that she died on foot".

Grant McKenna (talk) 10:08, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

Notability / Lists[edit]

List items are normally Wikipedia articles and notability is established by having a Wikipedia article. Based on that I have removed all the red-link and non-linked items. These need articles to be here. WP:LIST has more info on list membership. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 19:41, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

@Fountains of Bryn Mawr: "non-article means non-notable" is certainly not policy. A redlink for well documented entries with reliable sources are notable and worthy of having their own articles. Sometimes non-registered editors include these on lists like this one in order to prompt article creation.
~Cheers, IP (dynamic) = 2606:A000:4C0C:E200:A99B:8185:FE40:CECC (talk) 07:44, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Lists have a content policy, "non-article means did not meet WP:N and therefore did not meet WP:CCPOL", a requirement at WP:SAL.... stand alone lists do have a further requirement than WP:RED. Looking through what was removed we have obviously non-notable elephants (other than being elephants), elephants that seemed to be WP:SINGLEEVENT, and one entry that is just a pair of tusks, hard to write an article about that. I linked the revision above for anyone who wants to fulfill WP:WRITEITFIRST, that's sure to solve the problem. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 13:36, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
I agree about most of the deletions, but these are notable enough for at least a stub:

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Mahmoud (elephant) redirects to Year of the Elephant so no elephant article there. Stubs would be a good idea if there is enough reliable sourcing. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 00:59, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

@Fountains of Bryn Mawr: For 1.6 billion Muslims in the world as of 2010 (23% of the global population),[1] Mahmoud (elephant) is arguably the most notable elephant in history; and there's nothing wrong with redirects, they serve a purpose.


  1. ^ Lipka, Michael (7 December 2015). "Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world". Pew Research Center. 

Some entries were virtually stubs already, e.g:
  • Anne, "Britain's most famous elephant"[1] and the last circus elephant in the UK.[2] She became cause célèbre for animal rights activists.[3] The owner of Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire was convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the elderly elephant,[4] but is given conditional discharge as judge strongly criticises the animal rights activists' tactics.[5] Anne retired to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire,[3] arriving in April 2011,[1][6] where there are plans to create an elephant sanctuary that can be home for as many as four elephants including Anne.[7]


  1. ^ a b Usborne, Simon (1 December 2012). "So what happened to Anne the elephant after she packed her trunk and left the Bobby Roberts circus?". Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Cawley, Laurence (23 November 2012). "Anne the Elephant and the end of circus animals". BBC News. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Morris, Steven (6 April 2011). "Anne the elephant says goodbye to the circus". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Evans, Natalie (23 Nov 2012). "Animal campaigners slam sentence after circus trainer found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to elephant". Mirror Online. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Morris, Steven (23 November 2012). "Anne the elephant's owner found guilty of causing suffering". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Anne the Elephant enjoys Christmas at Longleat". Longleat Safari and Adventure Park. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Longleat Adventure and Safari Park, Warminster has unveiled plans to build a new Elephant sanctuary.". Warminster People. Local World. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 

--E:2606:A000:4C0C:E200:A99B:8185:FE40:CECC (talk) 02:40, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

If we are dealing with "arguably the most notable elephant in history" then it should be easy putting an article up on it, again, simple solution re:WP:WRITEITFIRST. Lists are alternative navigation so a link should go to the item listed, not to a redirect about something else (also see WP:EGG). For the few items removed that may be notable I would recommend a stub, the Wikipedia process takes care of this, better than talk page discussion. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 15:15, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
@Fountains of Bryn Mawr: Removing well-sourced constructive content from good-faith IP editors, does not "improve Wikipedia" from my perspective.

"Wikipedia has changed from 'the encyclopedia that anyone can edit' to 'the encyclopedia that anyone who understands the norms, socializes him or herself, dodges the impersonal wall of semi-automated rejection and still wants to voluntarily contribute his or her time and energy can edit."


  1. ^ "Wikipedia losing editors, study says". Science X network. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 

--2606:A000:4C0C:E200:A99B:8185:FE40:CECC (talk) 19:21, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── There are interlocking guidelines and policy at play, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia so it does not simply contain "well-sourced constructive content". As to the rest of it, please see Wikipedia:Talk page guidelines. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 19:40, 16 July 2016 (UTC)