Jumbo

Jumbo (also known as Jumbo the Elephant and Jumbo the Circus Elephant; born 1861 ‒ died September 15, 1885) was a 19th century male African Bush Elephant born in the French Sudan (present-day Mali). Jumbo was eventually exported to a zoo located in Paris, France; and then transferred in 1865 to the London Zoo located in England. In November 1881, Jumbo was sold for $10,000 USD to P. T. Barnum who brought him to America for exhibition in March 1882.

The giant elephant's name has spawned the common word, "jumbo", meaning large in size. Jumbo's height, estimated to be 3.25 metres (10.7 ft) in the London Zoo, was claimed to be approximately 4 metres (13.1 ft) by the time of his death.

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