Jumbo

Jumbo

The Greatest Elephant in the World

Book - 2008
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Jumbo was a superstar of the Victorian era. Every day tens of thousands of people would visit this adored animal known as “the Children’s Pet” or, more simply, “the Giant Elephant,” at the London Zoo. When P.T. Barnum purchased him for his Greatest Show on Earth, Jumbo’s transport to the U.S. made headlines for weeks, and he was an instant sensation in America. His name entered our lexicon as an adjective for oversized things, and half a century after his death his still-famous and unrivalled popularity was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Dumbo. But fame comes at a price and, like so many modern celebrities, Jumbo led a troubled private life that was far from idyllic. His best friend – a zookeeper named Matthew Scott, who remained by Jumbo’s side in Britain and the United States for twenty years – was moody and manipulative, and Jumbo himself attracted rumors of violent tantrums, a fondness for drink, and of a “wife” he left behind in order to make it big in America.
From an eyewitness account of Jumbo’s capture in Africa after ivory hunters had killed his parents, to his early years at the Paris zoo where he was mistreated and regarded as a disappointing runt, to his stunning growth spurt in London where he became the largest elephant in captivity, to the “Jumbo craze” that swept across Britain and the United States, Paul Chambers utilizes new archival material in fully telling Jumbo’s story for the first time.

Baker & Taylor
Follows the life story of Jumbo from his 1863 birth in Africa, through his travels to zoos in Europe, to his relationship with his dedicated zookeeper Matthew Scott, to his eventual sale to P.T. Barnum and success in America as the superstar of the Greatest Show on Earth.

Blackwell North Amer
Jumbo was a superstar of the Victorian era. Every day tens of thousands of people would visit this adored animal known as "the Children's Pet" or, more simply, "the Giant Elephant," at the London Zoo. When P. T. Barnum purchased him for his Greatest Show on Earth, Jumbo's transport to the U.S. made headlines for weeks, and he was an instant sensation in America. His name entered our lexicon as an adjective for oversized things, and half a century after his death his still-famous and unrivalled popularity was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Dumbo. But fame comes at a price and, like so many modern celebrities, Jumbo led a troubled private life that was far from idyllic. His best friend - a zookeeper named Matthew Scott, who remained by Jumbo's side in Britain and the United States for twenty years - was moody and manipulative, and Jumbo himself attracted rumors of violent tantrums, a fondness for drink, and of a "wife" he left behind in order to make it big in America.
From an eyewitness account of Jumbo's capture in Africa after ivory hunters had killed his parents, to his early years at the Paris zoo where he was mistreated and regarded as a disappointing runt, to his stunning growth spurt in London where he became the largest elephant in captivity, to the "Jumbo craze" that swept across Britain and the United States, Paul Chambers utilizes new archival material in fully telling Jumbo's story for the first time.

Baker
& Taylor

A biography of the world's most famous elephant follows the life story of Jumbo from his 1863 birth in Africa, through his travels to zoos in Europe, to his relationship with his dedicated zookeeper Matthew Scott, to his eventual sale to P.T. Barnum and success in America as the superstar of the Greatest Show on Earth. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: Hanover, N.H. : Steerforth Press, c2008
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781586421410
1586421417
Characteristics: 224 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm

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RonNasty64
Jan 25, 2016

I felt so ignorant after reading this book. Jumbo was and still is the most famous elephant in the world, and I knew next to nothing about him before reading this book. The book was very well researched and sadly ends not long after Jumbo's demise. I'd like to have seen one more chapter to reflect on Jumbo's effect on elephants of today.

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