African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ibala  dead elephant


SSP nr189


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 26 years old
Born:* 1979 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1981
Dead: 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
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States

Date of arrival

1997-10-04Disneys Animal Kingdom
from Phoenix Zoo

1982-06-24Phoenix Zoo
from Lion Country Safari, Inc - Grand Prairie

Record history
History of updates2024-01-14

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Ibala is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2005-05-13 at Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States, . Official death reason described as Uterine infection after caesarean section operation.


  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 list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ibala, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 April 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=924. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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