Gypsy (Matsho, Hope)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
PAWS ARK 2000 in United States

♀ Gypsy (Matsho, Hope)


SSP nr371


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 57 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1967 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1967
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 1985-01-19
(dead † 1995)
Brat (Myakka, Cheerful) SSP id: 372
Locations - owners
Present / last location:PAWS ARK 2000, in United States

Date of arrival

from Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

2007-04-02Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
from Hawthorn Corporation

1995-02-04Hawthorn Corporation
from Circus Vargas

1987-00-00Circus Vargas
from Rex Williams

1974-11-22Rex Williams
from Circus World (Polk City)

1974-02-04Circus World (Polk City) 1974-02-04
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Venice Quarters

1972-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Venice Quarters
from Billy Smart Circus (William Smart Circus)

Record history
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Gypsy (Matsho, Hope) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the PAWS ARK 2000, in United States.

Gypsy (Matsho, Hope) arrived to the PAWS ARK 2000 unknown date, relocated from the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in United States.


Gypsy (Matsho, Hope) lives together with 5 other elephants at the PAWS ARK 2000:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Mara born 1982
  2. Nicholas (Nickolaus) born 1993-12-15
  3. Prince (Chang Dee) born 1987-05-24
  4. Thika born 1980-10-18
  5. Toka born 1970


  1. (M) 1985-01-19 -- † 1995 Brat (Myakka, Cheerful) SSP id: 372


Gypsy (Matsho, Hope) was born wild 1967, captured 1967 .

Comments / pictures

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.
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

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
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Gypsy (Matsho, Hope), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at PAWS ARK 2000 in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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