Gypsy (Matsho, Hope) at Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)

Gypsy (Matsho, Hope)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 371 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 50 years
Management:Protected contact
Location:Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)
ArrivedPerforming Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)
from Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) 2007-04-02
from Hawthorn Corporation
Hawthorn Corporation 1995-02-04
from Circus Vargas
Circus Vargas 1987-00-00
from Rex Williams
Rex Williams 1974-11-22
from Circus World
Circus World 1974-02-04
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Venice Quarters
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Venice Quarters 1972-00-00
from Billy Smart Circus (William Smart Circus)
Born:1967 wild
Capture: 1967
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (M) 1985-01-19 Brat (Myakka, Cheerful), SSP nr: 372
Document updated2009-03-14: Name, Text RE
2012-02-22: duplicate?
2012-06-07: Merged, Previous locations RE
2013-05-08: corr loc
Records about Gypsy (Matsho, Hope) from Bob Cline
HOPE / GYP Born - 1968 in the wild Stud # 371
Female Asian ???? - Billy Smart Circus in England
1972 to 1974 - RBBB
1974 to 1987 - Rex Williams
1983 - Bred to GARDNER Stud # 370
Born - MYAKKA ( M ) Jan 19, 1985 Stud # 372
1987 to 1994 - Circus Vargas
1995 to 2007 - Hawthorn Circus Corp.
2007 - Sent to PAWS in Ca.


In February 2006, eight of the Hawthorne elephants were transferred to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee with the exception of Nicholas & Gypsy, who would be transferred to PAWS a year later. The 40 year cow and 13 year bull were transported by truck by Eddy Novak.

"Gyp was known around the circus as "the pretty eared elephant" for her perfect sail like ears." //Wade Burck

I was told to report to Venice in October of 1973 since they wanted these elephants out of winter quarters by Thanksgiving so as not to interfere with the Blue Show rehearsal.
When I arrived these seven elephants were named (L to R) Matsho, Patna, Assam, Sheva, Sandry, Mala and Minyak, mostly out of vanity I immediately changed most of their names with the intention of leaving my stamp on Ringling elephants that would be around for the next half century.
By the time this picture was taken in the Venice Arena their names were "Hope" for my sister in law, "Josky", "Babe" for my mother, "Barbara" for my wife, "Sophie" for Chappie's wife, "Lalea" for my mother in law and I kept the same name for "Minyak" since I liked the name.
Over the next few years as the result of bartering "Hope" went to Rex Williams who renamed her "Gyp" and "Babe" wound up in the Columbus Zoo.
Nobody could remember my mother in law's name so it reverted back to "Mala".

Buckles Web Log, Circus World 1974 #8, 2009-03-10

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