Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo) in United States

♂ Samson


SSP nr514


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 26 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1998-05-04 captive-born
Birth place: in African Lion Safari (Ontario)

Parents: Calvin (Chanda) x ♀ Kitty (Mookee)
Total: 3 babies

1. Born 2013-08-05 Bowie SSP id: 758

2. Born 2013-10-02
(dead † 2022-01-02)
Jazmine SSP id: 759

3. Born 2018-05-04
(dead † 2021-12-25)
Thorn SSP id: 00
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo), in United States

Date of arrival

2018-04-10Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)
from Albuquerque Biological Park

2003-11-19Albuquerque Biological Park
from African Lion Safari (Ontario)

Record history
History of updates2011-03-27

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Samson is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo), in United States.

Samson arrived in 2018-04-10 to the Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo), relocated from the Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States.


Samson lives together with 4 other elephants at the Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo):

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Chendra born 1993
  2. Rose-Tu (twin) born 1994-08-31
  3. Sam (Samudra) born 2008-08-23
  4. Sung-Surin (Shine) born 1982-12-26


Total: 3 babies

  1. (M) 2013-08-05 Bowie SSP id: 758
  2. (F) 2013-10-02 -- † 2022-01-02 Jazmine SSP id: 759
  3. (M) 2018-05-04 -- † 2021-12-25 Thorn SSP id: 00


Samson was born captive-born 1998-05-04 at African Lion Safari (Ontario).


Parents of Samson are: ♂ Calvin (Chanda) (father) and ♀ Kitty (Mookee) (mother).

Siblings through the father Calvin (Chanda):

  1. 1998-07-30 -- † 1999-03-22 (F) Annie
  2. 1998-08-21 -- † 2002-08-08 (M) Amos
  3. 1998-11-29(M) Albert
  4. 1999-10-21(M) George
  5. 2001-04-29(M) Johnson
  6. 2001-11-25(M) Kandula
  7. 2003-02-02(F) Califa
  8. 2003-03-20(F) Farina
  9. 2005-10-28(M) Tarak
  10. 2008-05-06(M) Shanti
  11. 2011-03-11 -- † 2011-05-06 (M) Sethi
  12. 2011-04-12(F) Rashmi
  13. 2014-02-04 -- † 2016-01-23 (F) Sumitra (OST Nr.3)
  14. 2017-07-08(M) Chandru

Siblings through the mother Kitty (Mookee):

  1. 1993-05-02(M) Nikolai
  2. 2001-04-29(M) Johnson
  3. 2006-04-23(F) Emily


Samsons ancestral Pedigree:


Sire (f):
Calvin (Chanda)

Born: 1986-08-11

Sire ff:

Born: 1975-05-25
Sire fff:
Dame ffm:
Dame fm:

Born: 1975-09-00
Sire fmf:
Dame fmm:

Dame m:
Kitty (Mookee)

Born: 1965

Sire mf:

Sire mff:
Dame mfm:
Dame mm:

Sire mmf:
Dame mmm:

Comments / pictures

In November 2003, African Lion Safari sold two five year old male elephants, Albert and Samson, to the Rio Grande Zoo.

Daizy, making history in September 2009 as the first calf born at the Rio Grande Zoo, was the result of Artificial insemination with sperm from three donors. Albert and Samson from the Rio Grande Zoo in addition to Sneezy from the Tulsa Zoo. Following a DNA test from collected blood samples, Albert was determined to be the father.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Samson, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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