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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Columbian Park Zoo

"We were founded in 1908, we're the second oldest Zoo in the entire state of Indiana. We've housed all sorts of animals here at Columbian Park Zoo. We had an elephant at one point, we had large primates, we've had bears, we've had mountain lions, we've had all sorts of different animals," said Zookeeper Noah Shields.

>> "Little zoo offers big experiences,", 04/24/2011

"In 1928, the main Animal House was constructed, which is still standing today! One of the first inhabitants of the Animal House was "Linco" the elephant, who was purchased from the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in Peru, Indiana. Nearly 10,000 school students in Lafayette and West Lafayette raised more than $2,000 toward the purchase of the elephant, then named "Ruth." Lincoln School students exceeded their school's fund raising quota and earned the honor of renaming the elephant to Linco."

>> "Columbian Park Zoo" at

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From the records of Bob Cline:
Ruth, Female Asian
1914 to 1915 - Howe's Great London circus
1916 to 1924 - John Robinson Circus
1925 to 1927 - Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1928 to 1943 - Lafayette, IND. Zoo
1944 - Bailey Bros. Circus
Died winter of 1944

Contradictory Records
The North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephant upgraded this animal in the 2010 Edition with an official studbook number 732. She was previously listed with Temporary Studbook Number T2265. Some information differs from the records of Bob Cline, listing Ruth arriving at John Robinson in 1923 and the omission of Howe's Great London Circus.

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