Samantha (Nekhanda)
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
North Carolina Zoo in United States

♀ Samantha (Nekhanda)
Text and Photo: Carina Christiansen, freelance reporter, Canada<br />
Text and Photo: Carina Christiansen, freelance reporter, Canada


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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 36 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1988 wild
Birth place:
Imported:1989? by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:North Carolina Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2007-09-25North Carolina Zoo
from Valley Zoo, Edmonton

1989-04-18Valley Zoo, Edmonton
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

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History of updates2021-01-20

Latest document update2021-09-18 13:02:23
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Samantha (Nekhanda) is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the North Carolina Zoo, in United States.

Samantha (Nekhanda) arrived in 2007-09-25 to the North Carolina Zoo, relocated from the Valley Zoo, Edmonton, in Canada.


Samantha (Nekhanda) lives together with 5 other elephants at the North Carolina Zoo:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Batir (Skeeter) born 2002-01-21
  2. CSar (Flapjack) born 1974
  3. Louie born 2003-04-30
  4. Rafiki born 1981
  5. Tonga born 1978


Samantha (Nekhanda) was born wild 1988. and imported 1989? by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Comments / pictures

Samantha, born about january 1988, arrived from Zimbabwe to Edmonton (via Ferndale) as Orphan the 18 April 1989, a little bit over one year old. Samantha has a typical bad attitude for a teenager. At the day for the visit she has thrown a big chunk of dirt on one of her keepers who stands more or less covered in mud.. She also constantly bugs her “mama”, Lucy.
Samantha is kept in protected contact since a few years.

Carina Christiansen, freelance reporter, Canada

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Samantha (Nekhanda), African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at North Carolina Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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