Gigi at Western Plains Zoo

Female Asian elephant Gigi at Western Plains Zoo

Gigi. Western Plains Zoo 2008. Photo: © Roger Brogan
Gigi
ID Number:   ASMP Number: 38 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 59 years
Management:Protected contact
Location:Western Plains Zoo
ArrivedWestern Plains Zoo 2008-01-14
from Stardust Circus
Stardust Circus 2003-08-00
from Ashtons Circus
Ashtons Circus 1968-11-13
from Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo 1962-11-01
from Mayfields Kennels and Zoo (H.H. de Souza)
Born:1958 wild
Document updated2009-01-04: Management, Image, Text RE
2009-01-25: Text RE
2010-12-12: Text RE
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 of posoining on the show.

For several decades, the Asthon's Circus exhibited three elephants, Abu, Gigi and Tanya. Tanya died shortly after Abu. Leaving Gigi a single elephant, the Ashtons transferred her to Stardust Circus whom also had a single elephant, Arna.

Arna and Gigi were both donated to the Western Plains Zoo in January 2008 from the Stardust Circus after Arna crushed her 54 year old handler at the Yamba Showground on the NSW North Coast.

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