Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot

Professor Andrew McClellan tells the amazing story of Jumbo’s life, death and how he eventually became the beloved Tufts University mascot.

Jumbo the elephant was one of the most famous animals that ever walked the earth. Born on the African savannah, he went on to become a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic, first at the London Zoo and then as the star attraction of P.T. Barnum’s circus. His name even entered the English language: that’s why we say anything really big is “jumbo” to this day.

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