Rafiki an African savanna elephant at Disneys Animal Kingdom

♀ Rafiki


SSP nr190


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 42 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1981
Present / last location:Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1997-10-04Disneys Animal Kingdom
from Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix Zoo 1982-06-24
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Grand Prairie

Document updated2009-03-20: Previous locations, Management, Text
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Rafiki is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), located at Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States.

Rafiki arrived Disneys Animal Kingdom 1997-10-04, relocated from Phoenix Zoo, in United States.

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

  1. Donna born 1984
  2. ,
  3. Jabali born 2011-08-25
  4. ,
  5. Kianga born 2004-07-06
  6. ,
  7. Luna born 2010-05-20
  8. ,
  9. Maclean (Mac) born 1982
  10. ,
  11. Nidirah (Nadirah) born 2005-12-19
  12. ,
  13. Stella born 2017-01-00
  14. ,
  15. Tsavo born 2008-06-28
  16. ,
  17. Vasha born 1985
  18. , (see detailed list).


Rafiki was born wild 1979, 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.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Rafiki, an African savanna elephant at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 11 May 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4056. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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