Gigi an Asian elephant at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Gigi  
Gigi. Western Plains Zoo 2008. Photo: © Roger Brogan
Gigi. Western Plains Zoo 2008. Photo: © Roger Brogan

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 61 years old
Id numberASMP Number: 38

People killed:1
Born:* 1958 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 2019-02-26?
Death reason: euthanised: age-related ilnesses
Present / last location:Taronga Western Plains Zoo, in Australia

Date of Arrival

2008-01-14Taronga Western Plains Zoo
from Stardust Circus
Stardust Circus 2003-08-00
from Ashtons Circus
Ashtons Circus 1968-11-13
from Sydney Zoo
Sydney Zoo 1962-11-01
from Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)

Document updated2009-01-04: Management, Image, Text RE
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† Gigi is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, in Australia, euthanised in 2019-02-26?, age-related ilnesses(see detailed list).


Gigi was born wild 1958.

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In November 1962, the Taronga Zoo purchased two elephants, Gigi and Gilda, from Singapore. Six years later in November 1968, the same pair and a giraffe were sold to Ashton's Circus. Alfons Arndt had been their trainer at the zoo; when the circus acquired them, Captain Fritz Schultz picked up the animals and drove them to the show while it was playing in Adelaide. He added some additional training to the animals. Gilda died of posoining on the show.

For several decades, the Asthon's Circus exhibited three elephants, Abu, Gigi and Tanya. Tanya died shortly after Abu. Leaving Gigi a single elephant, the Ashtons transferred her to Stardust Circus whom also had a single elephant, Arna.

Arna and Gigi were both donated to the Western Plains Zoo in January 2008 from the Stardust Circus after Arna crushed her 54 year old handler at the Yamba Showground on the NSW North Coast.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Gigi, an Asian at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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