Samantha (Nekhanda) an African savanna elephant at North Carolina Zoo

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

Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 33 years old
Id numberSSP Number: (242)
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1988 wild
Birth place:
Present / last location:North Carolina Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2007-09-25North Carolina Zoo
from Valley Zoo, Edmonton
Valley Zoo, Edmonton 1989-04-18
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Document updated2021-01-20
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Samantha (Nekhanda) is a Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), living in North Carolina Zoo, in United States.

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

In North Carolina Zoo, Samantha (Nekhanda) lives together with 5 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Artie (Aardvark) born 1983
  2. ,
  3. Batir (Skeeter) born 2002-01-21
  4. ,
  5. CSar (Flapjack) born 1974
  6. ,
  7. Rafiki born 1981
  8. ,
  9. Tonga born 1978
  10. , (see detailed list).


Samantha (Nekhanda) was born wild 1988. and imported 1989?

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 listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Samantha (Nekhanda), an African savanna at North Carolina Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 January 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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