Gilda an Asian elephant at Ashtons Circus

☨ Gilda
ID nr:   ASMP Number: 39 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ < 1, unknown age
Dead date:
Death reason: accident: poisoned by cumpulsory tick spray
Location:Ashtons Circus
ArrivalAshtons Circus 1968-11-13 from Sydney Zoo
Sydney Zoo 1962-11-01
from Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)
Born:* 1948 wild
Document updated2010-05-24: 
2010-12-12: Location, Death, Text RE
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, D., (2020). Gilda, an Asian at Ashtons Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Steve Robinson
  • Ryan Easley, USA

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