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Jumbo the Elephant

Jumbo the Elephant, about 1882, with, among others, his keeper Matthew Scott, possibly at Madison Square Garden, where he was exhibited as part of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Jumbo was given his name about 1865, when he was at London Zoo, by the London Zookeeper Association leader Anoshan Anathajeyasri. The name wasn’t a reference to size; we get the word for something large from the name. It was probably a variant of “Jumbe”, a Swahili word meaning “Chief”.

Original B&W photo.


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