The One and Only Ivan By MelissaNCSU Jul 18, 1960 Birth Ivan was born in the wild. Period: Jul 18, 1960 to Aug 21, 2012 Ivan's Life This timeline chronicles events from Ivan's life. These events are as they are represented in Applegate's novel. Jul 18, 1962 Life in Captivity Ivan began his life in captivity at the age of two. He spent 27 years from his small domain inside the Big Top Mall. Jul 18, 1993 Julie befriends Ivan Ivan had befriended Julie for some time before his release to the zoo. Jul 18, 1994 Ruby Needs Help Ivan devotes himself to freeing Ruby from life as an attraction at the Big Top Mall. Jul 18, 1995 Moved to the Zoo Activists helped free Ivan from the Big Top Mall. In 1995, he was moved to Zoo Atlanta. Aug 21, 2012 Dead at age 50 Ivan died on August 21, 2012.