Rafiki an African savanna elephant at Disneys Animal Kingdom

ID nr:   SSP Number: 190 - 
Species: African savanna elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 41 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Disneys Animal Kingdom
ArrivalDisneys Animal Kingdom 1997-10-04
from Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix Zoo 1982-06-24
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Grand Prairie
Born:* 1979 wild Zimbabwe
Capture: 1981 ,
Document updated2009-03-20: Previous locations, Management, Text
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, D., (2020). Rafiki, an African savanna at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4056. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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