Samson an African savanna elephant at Maryland Zoo



♂ Samson


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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 12 years old
Id numberSSP Number: (561)
Management:Free contact
Origin
Born:* 2008-03-19 captive-born
Birth place: in Maryland Zoo
Birth weight 132.00 kgs, 290.40 lbs

Parents: Willie x ♀ Lil Felix
Locations
Present / last location:Maryland Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival

2008-03-19Maryland Zoo

Document updated2009-03-19: Text RE
2009-03-24: Text RE
2011-06-11: SSP RE
2013-03-22: herpes
2013-07-09: Link RE
2018-12-01: text, source
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Description

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Samson is a Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), living in Maryland Zoo, in United States.

Samson arrived in Maryland Zoo 2008-03-19,

In Maryland Zoo, Samson lives together with 3 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Anna born 1975
  2. ,
  3. Lil Felix born 1983
  4. ,
  5. Tuffy (Snuffy) born 1983
  6. , (see detailed list).

Origin


Samson was born captive-born 2008-03-19 in Maryland Zoo.

Parentage


Parents of Samson are: ♂ Willie (father) and ♀ Lil Felix (mother).


Siblings through the father Willie:

  1. 2002-01-21(F) Batir (Skeeter)
  2. 2003-04-16 -- † 2018-12-12 (M) Max (Maximus)
  3. 2007-12-08 -- † 2019-02-09 (F) Miss Bets

Siblings through the mother Lil Felix:

  1. 2003-04-16 - † 2018-12-12 (M) Max (Maximus)

Pedigree


Samsons pedigree:
P I II III

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Willie

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Lil Felix

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Comments / pictures

2013-03-22: In late February 2013, Mike McClure and the rest of the elephant team at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore grew concerned about their calf, Samson The team sent blood samples out for analysis, and after a few inconclusive tests, a positive result confirmed their worst fears: Samson was infected with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), a virus commonly carried by adult elephants that can be deadly when acquired by a calf. Even before the positive EEHV result returned, McClure and his colleagues started Samson on a heavy course of antiviral medications (in the course of his treatment, the young elephant downed more than 2,500 antiviral pills), injected him with anti-inflammatory drugs, and began hydration therapy. Each day, Samson would drink between 15 and 25 gallons of Gatorade-spiked water, and his keepers would deliver many more gallons of fluids rectally. It was touch and go for a while, but after about a week and a half the staff finally noticed significant improvements in Samson’s behavior.



Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Samson, an African savanna at Maryland Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 November 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3581. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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