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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:57 AM
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Default Sis Flagg Mystery Solved

As I was doing some research for my zoo book, I came across a website which revealed the fate of the original Sis Flagg the Elephant. And so ends another mystery.

SFOT bought her 1961 from Jungleland Inc. The company's owner was Louis Goebel.

Sis Flagg was sold in 1962 to the Glen Henry Doing Circus, located in Gainesville Texas.

Sis Flag was renamed Empress. She stayed at the circus until 1971.

Glen Henry sold her to an anonymous buyer, who then sold her to the Blue Star Circus in Mexico.

She spent the rest of her life at this circus.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 10:47 AM
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how sad. How old was she when she died and how did she die?
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:13 AM
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I live near Gainesville. I believe it's always been called the Frank Buck Zoo, he was the founder. The story locally was the one and only elephant we ever had was killed in a flood in the 70's or 80's.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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The Glen Henry Doing Circus was a traveling circus with its main headquarters in Gainesville. No relation whatsoever with Frank Buck.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 07:03 PM
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I live near Gainesville. I believe it's always been called the Frank Buck Zoo, he was the founder. The story locally was the one and only elephant we ever had was killed in a flood in the 70's or 80's.
This is a different "Sis".

The elephants grew so fast that Six Flags had to sell them after only one or two seasons. Six VI was sold to the Gainsville Zoo after the school kids collected pennies to buy her from Six Flags in 1969.
She actually survived the 1981 Flood while submerged by wrapping her trunk around a tree limb so that she could breath.

She now is in a sanctuary in Tennessee.
You can read her interesting story on their website at: http://www.elephants.com/sissy/sissyBio.php

The elephant Cleusk is talking about is Sis I, the first of the approximately 10 elephants that resided at Six Flags over the fourteen or so years that they kept them.

At least two of the elephants died during the time at the park. One in a barn fire in 1963 before even making an appearance. The other in the mid-70s.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 04:47 PM
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This is all good information.

Can you just imagine SFOT trying to take care of an elephant properly today... I couldn't imagine the poor elephant making it through a single season.
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This is all good information.

Can you just imagine SFOT trying to take care of an elephant properly today... I couldn't imagine the poor elephant making it through a single season.
To be fair, I think they would do much better today than in the past. Wildlife preservation is much more mainstream and thought about in this day and age. Not to mention that Six Flags owns a safari park and marine park and are familiar with vet practices and natural habitations. Sure it's fun to beat up on the park of today but I think it could do a much better job than the park of the past. Just sayin.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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I live near Gainesville. I believe it's always been called the Frank Buck Zoo, he was the founder. The story locally was the one and only elephant we ever had was killed in a flood in the 70's or 80's.
It survived the flood and was found in a tree afterwards. I remember seeing it later at a family reunion there at the park in the early 80's. I also read a later article about how that elephant was later sent to an elephant sanctuary. Davis linked an article up above.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 03:39 PM
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This is a different "Sis".

The elephants grew so fast that Six Flags had to sell them after only one or two seasons. Six VI was sold to the Gainsville Zoo after the school kids collected pennies to buy her from Six Flags in 1969.
She actually survived the 1981 Flood while submerged by wrapping her trunk around a tree limb so that she could breath.

She now is in a sanctuary in Tennessee.
You can read her interesting story on their website at: http://www.elephants.com/sissy/sissyBio.php

The elephant Cleusk is talking about is Sis I, the first of the approximately 10 elephants that resided at Six Flags over the fourteen or so years that they kept them.

At least two of the elephants died during the time at the park. One in a barn fire in 1963 before even making an appearance. The other in the mid-70s.
A ha! Gotcha. Glad she survived.
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