Ibala an African savanna elephant at Disneys Animal Kingdom

 ☨ ♀ Ibala  


SSP nr189


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 26 years old
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1981
Dead date: 2005-05-13
Death reason: disease: Uterine infection after caesarean section operation
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2005-05-13
(dead † 2005-05-13)
Noname SSP id: 543
Present / last location:Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States

Date of Arrival
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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, Birth, SSP, Text
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† Ibala is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States, of disease in 2005-05-13. Official death reason described as Uterine infection after caesarean section operation. (see detailed list).


  1. (M) 2005-05-13 -- † 2005-05-13 Noname SSP id: 543


Ibala was born wild 1979, captured 1981 .

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Moyo and Thandi were imported together from Zimbabwe to Ferndale. They were sold to the Point Defiance Zoo in January 1983. After 14 years together, they were transferred in June 1997 to Disney's Animal Kingdom as potential breeding candidates.
Ibala and Rafiki were imported together from Zimbabwe to Grand Prarie. Several months later they were sold to the Phoenix Zoo in June 1982. After 15 years together, they were transferred in October 1997 to Disney's Animal Kingdom as potential breeding candidates, several months following the additions of Moyo and Thandi. 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.
Of the four additions in a several month period, only one of these animals has birthed successfully at the Animal Kingdom. Moyo has given birth to the first and fourth calves, both males. Tufani was born in May 2003 and Tsavo in June 2008, both sired by Jackson during his breeding loan from the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Ibala, an African savanna elephant at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 June 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=924. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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