African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
North Carolina Zoo in United States

♀ Rafiki


SSP nr210


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 42 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1981 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1983
Imported:1984? by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2002-07-27
(dead † 2002-07-27)
stillborn SSP id: 521
Locations - owners
Present / last location:North Carolina Zoo, in United States

Date of arrival

2003-10-14North Carolina Zoo
from Toledo Zoo

1986-10-06Toledo Zoo
from Dallas Zoo

1984-12-17Dallas Zoo
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Record history
History of updates
2021-09-18: Importer International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Latest document update2021-09-18 07:28:48
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Rafiki is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the North Carolina Zoo, in United States.

Rafiki arrived in 2003-10-14 to the North Carolina Zoo, relocated from the Toledo Zoo, in United States.

Rafiki lives together with 5 other elephants at the North Carolina Zoo:
  1. Batir (Skeeter) born 2002-01-21
  2. CSar (Flapjack) born 1974
  3. Louie born 2003-04-30
  4. Samantha (Nekhanda) born 1988
  5. Tonga born 1978

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  1. (M) 2002-07-27 -- † 2002-07-27 stillborn SSP id: 521


Rafiki was born wild 1981, captured 1983 . and imported 1984? by International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Rafiki, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at North Carolina Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4379. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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