African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Rafiki  dead elephant


SSP nr190


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place: in Zimbabwe unspecified location
Capture: 1981
Dead: 2019-03-27
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States

Date of arrival

1997-10-04Disneys Animal Kingdom
from Phoenix Zoo

1982-06-24Phoenix Zoo
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Grand Prairie

1982-00-00Lion Country Safari, Inc - Grand Prairie
from Zimbabwe unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2009-03-20: Previous locations, Management, Text
2022-03-01: Born in Zimbabwe
2022-03-01: Updated as dead

Latest document update2022-03-01 04:07:03
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† Rafiki is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2019-03-27 at Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States, .


Rafiki was born wild 1979 at Zimbabwe unspecified location, captured 1981 .

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Ibala and Rafiki were imported together from Zimbabwe to Grand Prarie. Several months later they were sold to the Phoenix Zoo. After 15 years together, they were transferred in October 1997 to Disney's Animal Kingdom as potential breeding candidates. Ibala died in May 2005 after an unsuccessful birth to her first calf. The 26 year old elephant died several hours after an emergency episiotomy procedure to remover her dead fetus. She was artificially inseminated in July 2003 with semen collected from one of Disney's several males, Bulwagi. It was to be the third calf born at the Park.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Rafiki, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 March 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4056. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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