African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Dallas Zoo in United States

♀ Gypsy
Gypsy. Dallas Zoo 01/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Gypsy. Dallas Zoo 01/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley


SSP nr454


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 41 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1982 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1984
Imported:1984 by Jumbolair (Arthur Jones)
Freight:Air, private Boeing 707
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Dallas Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2009-03-31Dallas Zoo
from Chris Hamblen

1997-00-00Chris Hamblen
from Peter Luvas

1987-00-00Peter Luvas
from Hollywild Animal Park (David Meeks)

1986-00-00Hollywild Animal Park (David Meeks)
from Jumbolair (Arthur Jones)

Record history
History of updates2009-04-02: Transfer
2010-01-31: Management, Text, Image
2021-09-18: Importer Arthur Jones

Latest document update2021-09-18 06:38:29
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Gypsy is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Dallas Zoo, in United States.

Gypsy arrived in 2009-03-31 to the Dallas Zoo, relocated from the Chris Hamblen, in United States.

Gypsy lives together with 8 other elephants at the Dallas Zoo:
  1. Ajabu born 2016-05-14
  2. Congo born 1978
  3. Jenny born 1976
  4. Kamba born 1980
  5. Mlilo
  6. Okubili born 2023-02-26
  7. Tenadji
  8. Zola

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Gypsy was born wild 1982, captured 1984 . and imported 1984 by Jumbolair (Arthur Jones), Air, private Boeing 707

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In November 2000, Binti and Keke left the Lincoln Park Zoo together after three years, headed for the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. They spent another three years together until Keke was transferred to the Dallas Zoo as a companion for their lone elephant, Jenny.

Jenny has been at the center of an animal rights fight with the zoo after the death of her exhibit mate Keke in May 2008. After nearly two weeks of treating 39 year old Keke for a severe case of intestinal colic, the older of the Dallas Zoo's two elephants passed away. The zoo made plans to send their single elephant to the AZA-accredited Africam Safari in Mexico but officials withdrew the offer. City of Dallas officials determined the new Savanna project could be completed in a timeline of under two years rather than 4-5 years as previously projected and the Zoo learned the export permit application review process could take 6 months or more. Purchased as a companion animal for the single Jenny and the first of several new elephants to reside in a new facility, the Dallas Zoo received Gypsy from private owner Chris Hamblen in March 2009. During the introduction period between the two elephants, Gypsy also made the transition from free to protected contact as per the philosophy of the Dallas Zoo.

"Jenny, the larger of the two, is also more assertive. Gypsy tends to follow her lead. Jenny was born in Africa in 1976 and has been with the Dallas Zoo since 1986. Gypsy is still a bit shy. It will take time for her to adjust to her new surroundings. She was born in Africa in 1982 and came to the Dallas Zoo in March of 2009 from South Texas. Gypsy lost her tail to an infection when she was six years old. Visit Jenny, Gypsy and other elephants next spring in their new habitat - Giants of the Savanna!" Dallas Zoo Elephant Information Display

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Gypsy, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Dallas Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 April 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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