Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo in Australia

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


ASMP nr38


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

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

Date of arrival

2008-01-14Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo
from Stardust Circus

2003-08-00Stardust Circus
from Ashtons Circus

1968-11-13Ashtons Circus
from Sydney Zoo

1962-11-01Sydney Zoo
from Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)

Record history
History of updates2009-01-04: Management, Image, Text RE
2009-01-25: Text RE
2010-12-12: Text RE
2018-04-21: PC

Latest document update2021-10-20 13:38:19
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† Gigi is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2019-02-26? at Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo, in Australia, . Official death reason described as age-related ilnesses.


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 list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Gigi, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Taronga Dubbo Western Plains Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 January 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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