Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Gay  dead elephant
Gay. Paignton Zoo 08/2008. Photo: © Darren Smith
Gay. Paignton Zoo 08/2008. Photo: © Darren Smith
Alternative name: Mali, Mahali


EEP nr7701


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Status:foot problems
Born:* 1970 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2010-03-09
Death reason: euthanised: abcess in foot
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1977-04-04Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
from Longleat Safari Park

1976-00-00Longleat Safari Park
from Sir Robert Fossetts Circus

1974-03-00Sir Robert Fossetts Circus
from Dudley Zoo

1973-00-00Dudley Zoo
from Dreamland Safari Wild Animal Park

1972-00-00Dreamland Safari Wild Animal Park
from Dudley Zoo

Record history
History of updates2010-01-27: Management, Text
2010-02-02: Image
2010-03-11: death
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† Gay is a dead foot problems Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2010-03-09 at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as abcess in foot.


Gay was born wild 1970.

Comments / pictures

Duchess and Gay both arrived to the Paignton Zoo from Longleat Safari in 1977.

In April 2005, the zoo began separating the pair at night after Gay suffered a tusk injury overnight from Dutchess.

2010: Gay was born in 1970 and came to Paignton Zoo on 4 April 1977 from Longleat Safari Park. She had previously been with Fawcetts Circus in Ireland.Paignton's Zoo News, summer 2010

There is a definite link with Margate Dreamland as an animal named Gay (aka Mali or Mahali) spent the 1972 and 1973 Summer seasons at Margate before returning to Dudley in the Autumn. Gay was sent to Fossetts Circus in March 1974.

You mention Gay/Gaye, the Paignton elephant was sent to Fossett's Circus, just to clarify do you mean Sir Robert Fossett's Circus?. If so this will for me solve the identity of the tenth elephant Sir Robert Fossett's owned from 1974 up to 1979.

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2010-03-09 Sick elephant put down at paignton zoo in devon - Elephant News

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Gay, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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