Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ashtons Circus in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Gilda  dead elephant


ASMP nr39


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 12 years old
Born:* 1948 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1960-1969
Death location: Ashtons Circus Surat in Queensland
Death reason: pathological: poisoned by cumpulsory tick spray
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ashtons Circus, in Australia

Date of arrival

1968-11-13Ashtons Circus
from Sydney Zoo

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

Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)
from Asia unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2023-03-05

Latest document update2021-10-20 13:01:31
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† Gilda is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1960-1969 at Ashtons Circus, in Australia, . Official death reason described as poisoned by cumpulsory tick spray.


Gilda was born wild 1948 at Asia unspecified location.

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The Studbook lists this elephant as 'Lost to Follow-up.'

The Studbook lists this elephant as 'Lost to Follow-up.'

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 after being poisoned by the cumpulosry tick spray required for ungulates when passing from state to state in Australia. With very sparse body hair, the poison was absorbed through the skin on a hot day, killing the animal.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Gilda, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ashtons Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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