Donna an African savanna elephant at Disneys Animal Kingdom

♀ Donna


SSP nr469


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 37 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1984 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1986
Total: 3 babies

1. Born 2005-12-19 Nidirah (Nadirah) SSP id: 546

2. Born 2010-05-20 Luna SSP id: 571

3. Born 2017-01-00 Stella SSP id: 00
Present / last location:Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2003-11-24Disneys Animal Kingdom
from Albuquerque Biological Park
Albuquerque Biological Park 1998-12-00
from King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)
King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport) 1995-00-00
from Great American Circus

Document updated2009-03-20: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Management, Text
2010-04-29: Pregnant by AI
2010-05-22: Pregnancy over
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Donna is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), located at Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States.

Donna arrived Disneys Animal Kingdom 2003-11-24, relocated from Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States.

In Disneys Animal Kingdom, Donna lives together with 9 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Jabali born 2011-08-25
  2. ,
  3. Kianga born 2004-07-06
  4. ,
  5. Luna born 2010-05-20
  6. ,
  7. Maclean (Mac) born 1982
  8. ,
  9. Nidirah (Nadirah) born 2005-12-19
  10. ,
  11. Rafiki born 1979
  12. ,
  13. Stella born 2017-01-00
  14. ,
  15. Tsavo born 2008-06-28
  16. ,
  17. Vasha born 1985
  18. , (see detailed list).


  1. (F) 2005-12-19 Nidirah (Nadirah) SSP id: 546
  2. (F) 2010-05-20 Luna SSP id: 571
  3. (F) 2017-01-00 Stella SSP id: 00


Donna was born wild 1984, captured 1986 .

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2010: Pregnant by artificial insemination.

Donna is on a permanent breeding loan to Disney from the Rio Grande Zoo. In 1997, one of Gopher Davenports three circus elephants, Heather, died of salmonella and heat stroke in the back of a transport trailer, while his other two elephants also tested positive for the disease. Donna and Irene were confiscated the next year by the City of Albuquerque in 1998 and given to the zoo. Subsequently, the King Royal Circus was fined by the USDA and their animal exhibit license revoked. Irene was later treated for tuberculosis. In 2003, the decision was made to move Donna, the sole African elephant in the zoos six elephant group, to the Disney Animal Kingdoms elephant breeding program. At 21 years old, she gave birth to her first calf, Nadirah, a result of natural breeding with Jackson four months after her arrival. She was the fourth calf to be born at the park - three sired by Jackson and a stillbirth sired by Bulwagi.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Donna, an African savanna elephant at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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