Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Gilda at Ashtons Circus

 ☨ ♀ Gilda  


ASMP nr39


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ < 1, unknown age
Born:* 1948 wild
Birth place:
Death reason: accident: poisoned by cumpulsory tick spray
Present / last location:Ashtons Circus, in Australia

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1968-11-13Ashtons Circus
from Sydney Zoo (Taronga)
Sydney Zoo (Taronga) 1962-11-01
from Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)

Document updated2010-05-24: 
2010-12-12: Location, Death, Text RE
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† Gilda is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Ashtons Circus, in Australia, from accident . Official death reason described as poisoned by cumpulsory tick spray. (see detailed list).


Gilda was born wild 1948.

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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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Gilda, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ashtons Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Steve Robinson
  • Ryan Easley, USA


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