Samorn an Asian elephant at Monarto Zoo

 ☨ ♀ Samorn  
Taxidermy locationSouth Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia


ASMP nr33


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 44 years old
Status:foot problems
Born:* 1950 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1994-10-10
Death reason: accident: fell in the moat and died
Present / last location:Monarto Zoo, in Australia

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1991-11-17Monarto Zoo
from Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo 1956-11-30
from Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)

Document updated2012-03-14: death date
2013-06-02: book
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† Samorn is a dead foot problems Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Monarto Zoo, in Australia, of accident in 1994-10-10. Official death reason described as fell in the moat and died.

The remains of this elephant is within the Taxidermy collection at South Australian Museum, in Adelaide, Australia, since 1994-00-00.

(see detailed list).


Samorn was born wild 1950.

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Her skeleton is on display at the University of Adelaide Medical School

Over Frome Road, the University of Adelaide Medical School also turns it on for visitors. The Anatomical Sciences Resource Centre is usually only open by appointment, but Open Day, August 1, gives Adelaidians a chance to see Samorn the Elephant again. Donated to Adelaide Zoo (just a few hundred metres away) in 1956, the elephant was legendary till her death at Monarto in 1994.

Researchers spent six months assembling her huge skeleton for comparative anatomy. They discovered severe honeycomb deterioration of one toe bone. Samorn had endured a very sore foot.

Victoria Raine published a book about Samorn in 1986, called Elephant in our Zoo. The “autobiography” is a collection of short stories about Samorn who arrived in 1956. It’s educational, historical, honest and humorous.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Samorn, an Asian elephant at Monarto Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 8 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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