Sambo an Asian elephant at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)

Male ♂ Asian  Sambo at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)

☨ Sambo
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 50 years old
Dead date: 2011-02-16
Death reason: anesthesia: After the last sedation he did not recover
People killed:4
Location:Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)
ArrivalPhnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) 2010-12-25
from Elephant Valley Project Cambodia
Elephant Valley Project Cambodia
from Se Phoeun
Born:* 1961 unknown Cambodia
Document updated2011-01-21: mankiller

2011-02-17: Previous locations, Text, Birth, Death RE

2011-02-18: probable cause of death.

2011-03-14: prev location
2018-09-10: link to EleWiki submitted
Sambo came into conflict with people in Cambodia’s Kompong Speu province, and killed 4 persons. After this, he was sedated and shipped to Phnom Tamao Zoo.

Sambo died just a couple of days after visit to Phnom Tamao in February. During the visit he was troubled by musth, but visually did not show major signs of distress due to his wounds, no touching with the trunk or blowing of air or sand. In spite of being hobbled, he moved around in the enclosure, and was drinking and eating.

After death, he was reported to have undergone some 3 or 4 sedations with Xylazine. After the last sedation he did not recover?




On visit in February, Sambo was still in musth.







Wounds on the head and back followed a horizontal line, some centimeter down from the spina. On the right shoulder was a square shaped wound. Sambo had no wounds on the oppposite right side, and no wounds on the spina.







Closeup of the wound on right shoulder.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Sambo, an Asian at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) in Cambodia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=6354. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Jack Highwood, Mondulkiri, Cambodia.

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