Meet Jumbo - the 13,000 pound African elephant who inspired musicians, circus goers, illustrators, and the world. Jumbo is considered one of the world's most famous elephants. He was the star of Barnum & Bailey Circus who inspired the Disney movie Dumbo, perhaps the most famous elephant movie ever made. But what happened to Jumbo?
The story of Jumbo is an incredible one that features terrible abuse, fame, and a heroic deed that cost Jumbo his life. Jumbo’s story, much like his stature, was larger than life. Behind the circus tent, the shimmering lights, and the adoration of a global fan base, sat a humble, happy elephant who smiled in the face of a series of catastrophic events. The true story of Jumbo is bittersweet and every bit as endearing as the animal himself.
So step right up ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, and witness Jumbo the elephant, the world’s most famous elephant.
Jumbo Was - And Still Is - The Heart Of The Barnum & Bailey Circus
Weighing In At Seven Tons, Jumbo Lived Up To His Name
The Word 'Jumbo' Means 'Large' Because Of Him
Jumbo Was An Alcoholic
Much Of The Circus Concessions You See Today Are Named After This Legendary Elephant
Jumbo Was Born In Africa And Was Orphaned Thanks To Hunters